North-West salesman back-paid $22,000

25 May 2010

A North-West Victorian salesman has been reimbursed $22,100 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found he was underpaid.

Fair Work inspectors found that the worker - who was employed in the agriculture industry - was underpaid his hourly pay rate and commissions on sales.

After Fair Work inspectors contacted the company, the worker was promptly paid the money he was owed.

The recovery is among several finalised recently on behalf of workers in the North-West.

They include:

  • $6300 for a Mildura baker underpaid shift penalties, overtime allowances and accrued annual leave, and
  • $5000 for a Mildura housekeeper underpaid annual leave on termination of employment.

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. In most cases, the Fair Work Ombudsman does not prosecute employers for inadvertent breaches of workplace laws.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website - www.fwo.gov.au - to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay, including Paycheck.

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

Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays. For translations, call 13 14 50.

Media inquiries:

Craig Bildstien, Director, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
0419 818 484
craig.bildstien@fwo.gov.au

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

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