Riverina truck drivers back-paid $24,600

23 September 2011

Almost two dozen truck drivers in the NSW Riverina region have been back-paid a total of $24,600 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The 19 employees, who worked at the same business, were reimbursed after Fair Work inspectors investigated complaints.

The drivers were found to have been underpaid their allowances - including for loading and unloading - over an 18-month period.

When inspectors contacted the business and explained its obligations, the truck drivers were each reimbursed amounts between $200 and $3350 without the need for further action.

The employer in question has now corrected the errors that led to the underpayments and put processes in place to ensure they will not happen again.

“We recognise that accidental breaches of workplace laws do occur and it is always our preference to work with employers to have them voluntarily rectify any contraventions,” Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson said.

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 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.

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Note: we are unable to name the business or the township.

Media inquiries:

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

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