Two Wyong workers back-paid almost $20,000

11 January 2011

Two workers in the Wyong region of NSW have been back-paid nearly $20,000 after recent investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were underpaid.

The biggest underpayment was $11,300 for an area manager at Tuggerah.

The worker lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after he was not paid long service leave.

After inspectors contacted the company, the employer promptly reimbursed the employee without the need for further action against the company.

In a separate case, an apprentice in Charmhaven is being back-paid $8000 after being underpaid the minimum hourly rate.

Inspectors discovered the second underpayment after a routine audit.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says that given the two 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 in most cases, the Fair Work Ombudsman does not prosecute employers for accidental breaches of workplace laws.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools and user-friendly resources 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.

The ‘Industries’ section on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website provides information specifically tailored for employers and workers in the retail, cleaning, clerical, hair and beauty, security and horticulture industries.

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.

Note: We are unable to provide additional information about the cases listed.

Media inquiries:

Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations
(03) 9954 2561, 0411 430 902
ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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