$30,000 back-pay for NSW Central Coast three

21 September 2011

Three workers on the NSW Central Coast have been back-paid a total of $30,000 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $12,000 for a female carer in the Broken Bay region who was not paid her full entitlements.

In a separate case, a Wyong school assistant was back-paid $11,400 after a Fair Work inspector discovered she was underpaid the minimum hourly rate.

And also in the Broken Bay region, a plant operator was reimbursed $6600 after he was underpaid the minimum hourly rate and not paid allowances.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says each of the businesses have now put processes in place to ensure these errors are not repeated.

“It’s a fact that some businesses accidentally break workplace laws. When we find mistakes, we’re here to help and give practical advice to employers on how to voluntarily fix them,” Mr Wilson said.

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides a single point of contact for people working or running a business in Australia to get accurate and timely information about their workplace rights and obligations.

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 languages.

Short in-language videos can also be viewed at www.youtube.com/fairworkgovau external-icon.png.

The Fair Work Ombudsman website has a number of tools and resources, including PayCheck Plus and an Award Finder, to assist business-owners calculate the correct pay for their employees.

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 external-icon.png.

Media inquiries:

Cameron Jackson, Media Adviser, Media and Stakeholder Relations
0457 924 146
cameron.jackson@fwo.gov.au

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