South West Victorian workers back-paid $58,000

20 June 2012

Four workers in South West Victoria have been back-paid a total of $58,700 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $30,700 for a farm manager at a rural property near Warrnambool.

The male employee in his 50s – who was employed between 1999 and 2010 – lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after he was underpaid accrued annual leave entitlements on termination.

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

Other recent recoveries include:

  • $14,600 for a labourer at Warrnambool underpaid the minimum hourly rate and allowances,
  • $7800 for a cleaner at Warrnambool underpaid the minimum hourly rate, and
  • $5600 for a Camperdown delivery driver underpaid penalty rates.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says that when Fair Work inspectors identify a problem and contact a business, most employers check their records, realise a problem has occurred and fix it immediately.

“We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with employers to help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues we identify,” Mr Wilson said.

“The businesses involved have now corrected the errors that led to the underpayments and put processes in place to ensure they will not happen again.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $6.082 million in back-pay for 5142 underpaid workers in Victoria last financial year. Nationally, between July 1, 2009 and March 31, 2012 the Agency recovered a total of $78 million for 47,857 underpaid workers.

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.

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.

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

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Media inquiries:

Richard Honey, Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
(03) 9954 2716, 0457 924 146
richard.honey@fwo.gov.au

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