Media release

2 November 2011

Two Launceston workers back-paid $21,000

Two employees at Launceston in Tasmania have been back-paid a total of $21,600 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $11,700 for a 60-year-old book-keeper.

The male employee, who had worked for the business for more than 10 years, complained to the Fair Work Ombudsman that he had not been paid long service leave entitlements or wages in lieu of notice.

After a Fair Work inspector contacted the company and explained its obligations, the employee was promptly reimbursed all money owed without the need for further action against the business.

In a separate case, a 39-year-old caretaker was back-paid $8900.

Fair Work inspectors discovered the male employee had been underpaid the minimum hourly rate, annual leave entitlements and penalty rates between December, 2009 and October, 2010.

“It’s a fact that some businesses inadvertently breach workplace laws. When we find mistakes, we’re here to help and give practical advice to employers on how to voluntarily fix them,” says Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson.

“Both 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, and information on the website is translated into 27 different languages.

The website has a number of tools and resources, including PayCheck Plus and an Award Finder, to assist business-owners calculate the correct pay for their employees.

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

Media inquiries:

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

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