$52,000 back-pay for Tasmanian workers

28 January 2011

The Fair Work Ombudsman has recently recovered more than $52,500 back-pay for a number of workers in Tasmania.

The largest recovery was $21,000 for a mechanic in Hobart who was underpaid his minimum hourly rate, penalty rates and annual leave.

After Fair Work inspectors contacted the mechanic’s employer, the worker was promptly reimbursed without the need for further action.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the underpayment was the result of the employer’s lack of knowledge of Award rates.

“Informal agreements between employers and employees must not undercut the minimum entitlements set by an industry Award,” he said.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools and other resources on its website - www.fairwork.gov.au - to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay.

In a separate case, a worker at a Hobart car and caravan detailer has recently been reimbursed almost $13,000 after being underpaid the minimum hourly rate.

Other recent recoveries include:

  • $7500 for a Devonport waitress not paid her minimum hourly rate or annual leave entitlements,
  • $5700 for a casual Hobart construction worker unpaid the minimum hourly rate and penalty rates for overtime, and
  • $5300 for a Hobart security technician not paid annual leave.

Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays. For translations, call 13 14 50.

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 or by accessing a series of Best Practice Guides.

Media inquiries:

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

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