Media release

17 November 2010

Mackay sales manager back-paid $15,400

The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $15,400 for a sales manager in Mackay, Queensland, following a recent investigation.

The sales manager lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman when he was not paid his correct termination entitlements in lieu of notice.
 
After Fair Work inspectors contacted the company and explained its obligations, the manager was fully reimbursed.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says that given the employer co-operated and voluntarily rectified the underpayment, there will be no further action against the company.

“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,” he said.

Mr Campbell says the cases highlight the importance of employers and employees alike understanding their workplace rights and obligations.

“Employers need to regularly review their Award or agreement to ensure they are fully aware of their obligations to their workers,” he said.

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, including PayCheck, Payroll Check and a Pay Rate Calculator.

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 or accessing a series of Best Practice Guides.

Online resources also include a number of industry-specific web pages, payslip and record-keeping templates, a self-audit checklist and fact sheets.

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

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: 17 Nov 2010