Media release

17 November 2011

Roma maintenance worker back-paid $21,000

A maintenance worker at Roma in regional Queensland has been back-paid $21,000 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The male employee, aged in his 50s, complained about being underpaid long service leave and annual leave entitlements when his employment was terminated.

He had been working for the business for more than 15 years.

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

The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $6.082 million back-pay for 5142 underpaid workers in Queensland last financial year. Nationally, the Agency recouped $26.7 million for 17,360 employees.

“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.

“The Roma business has now corrected the errors that led to the underpayments and put processes in place to ensure it will not happen again.”

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.

PayCheck Plus calculates minimum rates of pay per hour, per shift or per week and takes account of payments for overtime, penalty rates and allowances.

An ‘Industries’ section on the website provides extra, specialised information for employers and employees in the retail, cleaning, clerical, hair and beauty, security, horticulture, fast food and hospitality industries.

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: 17 Nov 2011