Media release

6 July 2011

Three Riverina workers back-paid $27,300

Three workers in the Riverina region of NSW have been back-paid a total of $27,300 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $11,200 for a Wagga salesman not paid redundancy or long service leave entitlements.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says once Fair Work inspectors contacted the business and explained its obligations, the worker was promptly paid all money owed.

In a separate case, a Leeton truck driver received $8200 after it was found the worker was not paid allowances, rostered days off, penalty rates or pay-in-lieu-of-notice.

And also in Wagga, a caretaker was back-paid $7900 in unpaid overtime.

“It’s a fact that some businesses accidentally break workplace laws. When we find mistakes, we’re here to help and give practical advice to employers on how to voluntarily fix them,” Mr Wilson said.

“Each of these businesses has now corrected the errors that led to the underpayments and put processes in place to ensure they will not happen again.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides a single point of contact for people working or running a business in Australia to get accurate and timely information about their workplace rights and obligations.

Workers or employers seeking support should get in touch with the Fair Work Ombudsman via the website - www.fairwork.gov.au - or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

The website has a number of tools and resources including PayCheck, Payroll Check, a Pay Rate Calculator and an Award Finder to help business-owners calculate the correct pay for their employees.

Follow the Fair Work Ombudsman on Twitter @fairwork_gov_au External link icon.

Cameron Jackson, Media Adviser, Media and Stakeholder Relations
0457 924 146 
cameron.jackson@fwo.gov.au

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Page last updated: 06 Jul 2011