Gold Coast employees back-paid $80,000

27 September 2011

A number of workers on Queensland’s Gold Coast have been back-paid a total of $78,500 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $26,100 for a 25-year-old heavy-machinery operator at Currumbin.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says the male employee was not paid meal and living-away-from-home allowances for over two years.

After a Fair Work inspector contacted the business and explained its obligations, the employee was reimbursed all money owed without the need for further action.

Other recent recoveries include:

  • $16,600 for a Mermaid Waters waitress underpaid the minimum hourly rate,
  • $10,500 for a Mermaid Waters sales consultant not paid commission for over two years,
  • $9000 for a Surfers Paradise clerk underpaid the minimum hourly rate and penalty rates,
  • $8200 for a Mudgeeraba apprentice electrician underpaid the minimum hourly rate, and
  • $5400 for a Surfers Paradise administration officer not paid for time worked, overtime or annual leave entitlements.

“It’s a fact that some businesses inadvertently breach 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.

“Each of these businesses 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.

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.

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