Devonport transport worker back-paid $10,300

27 May 2010

A casual transport worker at Devonport in Tasmania has been back-paid $10,300 after an investigation found he was underpaid.

The worker lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after he was underpaid his minimum hourly rate.

After Fair Work inspectors contacted the man's employer, the worker was promptly reimbursed the money he was owed.

Fair Work Ombudsman Tasmania Director Glenn Jordan says the underpayment was inadvertent and resulted from the employer's lack of understanding of its responsibilities under the relevant award.

"Employers need to be fully aware of all the provisions in their award which affect their workers," he said.

"The Fair Work Ombudsman can assist employers to better understand and comply with workplace laws."

Mr Jordan says that in most cases, the Agency will not prosecute employers for accidental contraventions if they are voluntarily rectified.

"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.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a range of user-friendly resources on its website to assist employers comply with workplace laws and operate at best practice.

Resources at www.fwo.gov.au include payslip and record-keeping templates, a self-audit checklist and fact sheets.

Employers or employees seeking advice or assistance should visit the website or contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. For translations call 13 14 50.

In Tasmania this year, the Fair Work Ombudsman will make up to 1000 educational visits to businesses entering the national workplace relations system for the first time.

Media inquiries:

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

Ryan Pedler, Media & Stakeholder Relations Senior Adviser
(03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924
ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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