$11,000 recovered for Murray Downs and Deniliquin workers

16 December 2010

Two workers at Murray Downs and Deniliquin in NSW have been reimbursed more than $11,000 after recent investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were underpaid.

The biggest underpayment was $5800 for a foreman at Murray Downs.

The worker lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after he was underpaid redundancy entitlements.

After Fair Work inspectors contacted the company and explained its obligations, the worker was fully reimbursed.

In a separate case, a clerical worker at Deniliquin has been back-paid $5300 after she was underpaid the minimum hourly rate and not paid accrued time off in lieu on termination.

Similarly, after inspectors contacted the employer, the worker was back-paid in full.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says that given the employers co-operated and voluntarily rectified the matters, there will be no further action against the companies.

“We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with employers to educate them and help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues we identify,” he said.

“However, employers need to regularly review their Award or agreement to ensure they are fully aware of their obligations to their workers.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website - www.fairwork.gov.au - to assist employees and employers.

Small to medium-sized businesses without human resources staff can also ensure they are better equipped when hiring, managing and dismissing employees by using free template employment documentation available online.

Online resources also include payslip and record-keeping templates, a self-audit checklist and fact sheets.

Employers and employees seeking advice or assistance should contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. Translations are available by calling 13 14 50.

Media inquiries:

Richard Honey, Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
(03) 9954 2716, 0457 924 146
richard.honey@fwo.gov.au

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