Media release

2 November 2010

$120,000 back-pay for workers in Perth

Workers in and around Perth have been back-paid almost $120,000 as a result of recent investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The biggest recovery was $20,000 for a Canning Vale company director who was underpaid annual leave entitlements.

In another case, a personal assistant working at a business in Wooroloo has been reimbursed $15,900 after inspectors found the employee was not paid correct annual leave entitlements.

And $14,000 has been recouped for a marketing manager in Bayswater who was not paid two months’ salary or accrued annual leave.

The underpayments were discovered through a combination of routine audits and investigations into complaints from workers.

Last financial year, the Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $2.65 million for 1634 Western Australians who were underpaid at work.

Other recent recoveries include:

  • $12,800 for a Fremantle worker in the shipping industry underpaid redundancy entitlements,
  • $12,500 for a Wangara manager not paid for all hours worked,
  • $8800 for a Maddington supervisor not paid redundancy entitlements,
  • $8200 for an Osborne Park apprentice underpaid wages and allowances,
  • $6900 for an Osborne Park cleaner underpaid long service leave entitlements,
  • $6200 for a Subiaco health professional underpaid sick leave,
  • $5400 for an Osborne Park sales manager who was not paid wages, annual leave or payment in lieu of notice,
  • $5000 for a South Perth real estate agent underpaid commission, and
  • $5000 for an Osborne Park supervisor not paid in lieu of notice.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says most of the underpayments were the result of a lack of understanding by employers of their legal obligations with respect to wages and entitlements.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website - www.fairwork.gov.au - to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay.

Small to medium-sized businesses without human resources staff can also ensure they are better equipped when hiring, managing and dismissing employees by using free template employment documentation with step-by-step instructions or accessing a series of Best Practice Guides.

Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays. For translations, call 13 14 50.

Media inquiries:

Craig Bildstien, Director, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
0419 818 484
craig.bildstien@fwo.gov.au

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