Tamworth truck driver back-paid $25,000
21 November 2011
A truck driver at Tamworth in regional NSW has been back-paid a total of $25,300 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
The 60-year-old male employee lodged a complaint after he was not paid wages for several months of work he performed in 2010.
After a Fair Work inspector contacted the business and explained its obligations, the employee was promptly reimbursed all money owed without the need for further action against the employer.
The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $8.215 million back-pay for 4182 underpaid workers in NSW last financial year. Nationally, the Agency recouped a total of $26.7 million for 17,360 underpaid employees.
“It’s a fact that some businesses inadvertently breach workplace laws. When we find mistakes, we’re here to assist and give practical advice to employers on how to voluntarily fix them,” says Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson.
“The Tamworth business has now corrected the errors that led to the underpayments and put processes in place to ensure they will not happen again.”
Workers or employers seeking support should get in touch with the Fair Work Ombudsman via the website – www.fairwork.gov.au - or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.
A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50, and information on the website is translated into 27 different languages.
The website has a number of tools and resources, including PayCheck Plus and an Award Finder, to assist business-owners to calculate the correct pay for their employees.
PayCheck Plus calculates minimum rates of pay per hour, per shift or per week and takes account of payments for overtime, penalty rates and allowances.
Free documentation is available Online for employers to use when hiring, managing and dismissing staff, including letters of engagement and probation, timesheet and pay slip templates, leave application forms, a self-audit check list and workplace complaint form.
Follow the Fair Work Ombudsman on Twitter @fairwork_gov_au
Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser Media & Stakeholder Relations,
(03) 9954 2561, 0411 430 902
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