Port Macquarie worker back-paid $25,000

9 August 2012

A health care worker at Port Macquarie on the NSW Mid North Coast has been back-paid a total of $25,300 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The male employee in his 30s lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after he was underpaid the minimum hourly rate and penalty rates for five years between 2007 and 2012.

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 against the employer.

“When we find mistakes, we’re here to assist and give practical advice to employers on how to voluntarily fix them,” says Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Mark Scully.

“When we identify a problem and contact a business, most employers check their records, realise a problem has occurred and fix it immediately.”

“This Port Macquarie business has now corrected the errors that led to the underpayments and put processes in place to ensure they will not happen again.”

Mr Scully says the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Assisted Voluntary Resolution team is now achieving resolution of about half its referrals within the first month.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a range of information Online for employers and employees at www.fairwork.gov.au.

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 and a self-audit check list.

An ‘Industries’ section on the website provides extra, specialised information for employers and employees in the retail, cleaning, clerical, hair and beauty, security, vehicle, horticulture, fast food and hospitality industries.

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Media inquiries:

Penny Rowe, Media & Stakeholder Relations
0457 924 146
Penelope.Rowe@fwo.gov.au

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