Media release

28 September 2010

Tweed Heads businesses back-pay workers $35,500 after Fair Work Ombudsman intervenes

The Fair Work Ombudsman has recently recovered more than $35,500 for three Tweed Heads workers who were underpaid.

The largest amount was $15,300 for a truck driver who did not receive full severance pay or long service leave entitlements.
 
After Fair Work inspectors contacted the driver’s employer to discuss its obligations, the company immediately back-paid the man.

Other recoveries include:

  • $12,200 for a Banora Point caretaker underpaid the minimum hourly rate, casual leave loading and allowances, and
  • $8100 for a Tweed Heads manager underpaid wages in lieu of notice and annual leave.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says that given the employers co-operated and voluntarily reimbursed the money, there will be no further action against the companies.

“We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with employers to educate them and help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues we identify,” Mr Campbell said.

The Fair Work Ombudsman can assist workplace participants to understand new laws, the National Employment Standards and Modern Awards.

Employers and employees alike can contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 between 8am and 6pm weekdays.

The Fair Work Ombudsman also has a range of resources on its website at www.fairwork.gov.au, including payslip and record-keeping templates, a self-audit checklist and fact sheets on topics including leave, public holidays and family-friendly workplaces.

Note: We are unable to provide additional information on the cases listed above.

Media inquiries:

Richard Honey, Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
(03) 9954 2716, 0457 924 146
richard.honey@fwo.gov.au

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Page last updated: 28 Sep 2010