$18,300 recovered for two North Coast workers

15 September 2011

Two workers on the NSW North Coast have been back-paid a total of $18,300 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $11,300 for a Coffs Harbour shop assistant not paid for overtime or meal breaks.

In a separate case, a Cundletown hospitality manager was back-paid $7000 after it was found the employee was not paid wages in lieu of notice or annual leave entitlements.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says after inspectors contacted the businesses involved, each worker was promptly paid all money owed without the need for further action.

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

“Both businesses have now put processes in place to ensure the mistakes are not repeated.”

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.

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.

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.

The guides cover work and family, consultation and co-operation, individual flexibility arrangements, employing young workers, gender pay equity, small business, workplace privacy, managing underperformance, effective dispute resolution, parental leave and improving workplace productivity in bargaining.

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.

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