Mandurah workers back-paid almost $20,000 after regulator intervenes

6 October 2010

The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered almost $20,000 for three workers at Mandurah in Western Australia after recent investigations found they were underpaid.

The biggest recovery was $9300 for a security officer who was underpaid his minimum hourly rate, superannuation entitlements, penalty rates and loadings.

After inspectors contacted the employer and advised of its obligations, the worker was immediately back-paid.

Other recoveries include:

  • $5200 for a young Mandurah childcare worker who was underpaid her minimum hourly rate, and
  • $5100 for a Mandurah receptionist after she was not paid casual loading for three years.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says that given the employers co-operated and voluntarily rectified the underpayments, 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.

Mr Campbell says employers need to ensure they regularly review their Award or agreement to ensure they are complying with workplace laws.

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

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.

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.

Note: We are unable to provide additional information on the case listed above.

Media inquiries:

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

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

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