$18,500 back-pay for Tamworth worker

15 April 2011

A labourer at Tamworth in NSW has been reimbursed $18,500 after the Fair Work Ombudsman intervened.

The worker lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman alleging he was underpaid his hourly rate and overtime.

Fair Work inspectors contacted the employee's company and explained its obligations, after which it voluntarily agreed to rectify the matter.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the employer's co-operation and swift response means there will be no further action against the company.

"Our preference is always to work with employers to educate them and help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues," he said.

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

"We are very serious about our job of building knowledge and creating fairer workplaces and we are focused on ensuring the community understands its workplace rights and obligations," he said.

Employers can check minimum rates of pay and industry awards on the Fair Work Ombudsman's website at www.fairwork.gov.au.

A series of Best Practice Guides have also been developed by the Fair Work Ombudsman to assist employers make better use of the provisions of the Fair Work Act and better understand other aspects of workplace laws.

The guides cover work and family, consultation and co-operation, individual flexibility arrangements, employing young workers, gender pay equity, small business, workplace privacy, managing underperformance, effective dispute resolution, parental leave and improving workplace productivity in bargaining.

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 about the case listed.

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