Two Tasmanian transport workers back-paid $36,000 after regulator intervenes

13 January 2011

Two Tasmanian transport workers have been back-paid a total of $36,100 after investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were underpaid.

The largest recovery was $25,000 for a delivery driver at Burnie.

The casual driver lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after he was underpaid penalty rates and overtime.

After Fair Work inspectors contacted the employer and explained its obligations, the worker was promptly reimbursed his outstanding entitlements.

In a separate case, a casual truck driver at Devonport has been back-paid $11,100 after he was underpaid the minimum hourly rate and penalty rates.

Similarly, after inspectors contacted the employer, the worker was back-paid in full.

Fair Work Ombudsman Tasmania Executive Director Michael Campbell says that given both employers co-operated with inspectors and agreed to voluntarily back-pay their workers, 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 inadvertent breaches of workplace laws

"However, employers need to regularly review their Award or agreement to ensure they are fully aware of their obligations to their workers," he said.

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, including PayCheck, Payroll Check and a Pay Rate Calculator.

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.

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.

Online resources also include payslip and record-keeping templates, a self-audit checklist and fact sheets.

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.

Media inquiries:

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

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