Ballarat workers back-paid $53,000 after Fair Work Ombudsman intervenes
7 October 2010
A number of Ballarat workers have been back-paid more than $53,600 after recent investigations found they were underpaid.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recouped $22,200 for four employees at a hotel who were underpaid their minimum hourly rate and not paid penalty rates.
After inspectors contacted the employer, the workers were promptly reimbursed amounts of $7400, $5500, $4500 and $2600.
In a separate case, a Ballarat technician has been reimbursed more than $12,100 after lodging a complaint that he was underpaid accrued annual leave and long service leave entitlements.
Similarly, once Fair Work inspectors contacted the man’s employer and explained its obligations, the company voluntarily back-paid the worker.
The recoveries are among a number of cases finalised recently on behalf of workers in the greater Ballarat region.
Inspectors discovered the underpayments through a combination of routine audits and investigations into complaints from workers.
Common non-compliance issues encountered by inspectors include underpayment of hourly and penalty rates, annual leave and long service leave entitlements.
Additional recoveries include:
- $7500 for a Ballarat office manager underpaid wages and accrued annual leave entitlements
- $7300 for a Ballarat bar attendant underpaid the minimum hourly rate, and
- $6400 for a Ballarat administration officer underpaid the minimum hourly rate.
Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the Agency places a strong focus on educating and assisting employers to understand and comply 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 following best practice when hiring, managing and dismissing employees by using free template employment documentation with step-by-step instructions or accessing a series of Best Practice Guides.
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.
Craig Bildstien, Director, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
0419 818 484
Richard Honey, Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
(03) 9954 2716, 0457 924 146
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