$74,000 recovered for six country workers

29 March 2011

Six workers across country Victoria have been back-paid a total of $74,600 following recent investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest re-payment was $30,900 for a driver in Buninyong underpaid the minimum hourly rate and not paid overtime or annual leave entitlements.

Similarly, a Sunbury security guard was back-paid $11,500 after being underpaid the minimum hourly rate and not paid annual leave entitlements.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says that Fair Work inspectors identified the underpayments following complaints from the workers.

“We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with employers to help them resolve any non-compliance issues we identify,” he said.

“Once inspectors contacted the companies and explained their obligations, each of the underpaid employees was promptly reimbursed outstanding entitlements without the need for further action.”

Other recent recoveries include:

  • $10,200 for a console operator at Boort underpaid the minimum hourly rate and not paid casual loading, weekend penalties and public holiday rates,
  • $8300 for a Ballarat office manager not paid annual leave and long service leave,
  • $8100 for an agricultural worker in Pyalong underpaid annual leave and overtime, and
  • $5600 for a Ballarat retail worker underpaid the minimum hourly rate.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools and user-friendly resources on its website at www.fairwork.gov.au to assist employees and employers understand their respective workplace rights and obligations.

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.

Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can 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.

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