Media release

8 November 2011

$19,500 recovered for Geelong truck drivers

Two employees at Geelong in regional Victoria have been back-paid a total of $19,500 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $10,700 for a truck driver.

The 58-year-old male employee was underpaid overtime entitlements between January, 2001 and September, 2010.

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

In a separate case, a 51-year-old male truck driver has been back-paid $8800 after an inspector discovered the employee had not been paid sick leave entitlements.

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

“These businesses have 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 recovered a total of $7.5 million back-pay for 3556 workers in Victoria last financial year.

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 to calculate the correct pay for their employees, including overtime and penalty rates.

Free documentation is available Online for employers to use when hiring, managing and dismissing staff, including letters of engagement and probation, timesheet and pay slip templates, leave application forms, a self-audit check list and workplace complaint form.

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

Media inquiries:

Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations
(03) 9954 2561, 0411 430 902
ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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Page last updated: 08 Nov 2011