Fair Work Ombudsman recovers $9200 back-pay for Byron Bay apprentice

12 October 2010

An apprentice at Byron Bay has been back-paid $9200 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found he was underpaid.

The apprentice lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after he was underpaid the guaranteed hours under his training contract.

After Fair Work inspectors contacted the company and explained its obligations, the young worker was back-paid in full.

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

“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,” Mr Campbell said.

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

Mr Campbell says employers need to regularly review their Award or agreement to ensure they are fully aware of their obligations to staff.

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 with step-by-step instructions or accessing a series of Best Practice Guides.

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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