Fraser Coast workers back-paid $21,500

30 June 2011

Three workers on Queensland's Fraser Coast have been back-paid a total of $21,500 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $11,000 for a Hervey Bay hospitality worker underpaid the minimum hourly rate and annual leave entitlements.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says once Fair Work inspectors contacted the business and explained its obligations, the employee was paid all money owed without the need for further action.

In a separate case, a Hervey Bay building worker was reimbursed $5400 in minimum entitlements after he was underpaid following a downturn in work.

And at Maryborough, an administration officer was reimbursed $5100 after inspectors found the employee was not paid redundancy entitlements on termination.

"We acknowledge that accidental breaches of workplace laws do occur, so our preference is always to work with employers to educate them and help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues we identify," Mr Wilson said.

"Each of these businesses has now put processes in place to ensure these mistakes are not repeated."

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools and user-friendly resources on its website at to assist employees and employers.

An '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, horticulture, fast food and hospitality industries.

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.

Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

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

Keep up to date with the Fair Work Ombudsman and updates on Australia's workplace relations laws through Twitter @fairwork_gov_au external-icon.png.

Media inquiries:

Cameron Jackson, Media Adviser, Media and Stakeholder Relations
0457 924 146

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