Media release

$21,000 back-pay for Renmark workers

9 May 2012

Two workers at Renmark in South Australia’s Riverland have been back-paid a total of $21,000 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $11,900 for a cleaner.

The female employee in her 60s - who was employed for seven years - lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after she was underpaid weekend and public holiday penalty rates.

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

In another local case, a machinery operator has been back-paid $9100 after he was underpaid redundancy entitlements.

The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $1.579 million back-pay for 1048 underpaid workers in South Australia last financial year.

Nationally, the Agency recouped $26.7 million for 17,360 employees.

“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.

Mr Wilson says that the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Assisted Voluntary Resolution team is now achieving resolution of about half its referrals with the first month.

“These two 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 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.

Employers or employees alike seeking information and advice should visit www.fairwork.gov.au or call the Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays.
 
The website has a number of tools and resources, including PayCheckPlus and an Award Finder, to assist business owners to calculate the correct pay for their employees.

PayCheck Plus calculates minimum rate 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, vehicle, horticulture, fast food and hospitality industries.

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Media inquiries:

Richard Honey, Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations, 
0457 924 146
richard.honey@fwo.gov.au

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