$15,000 back-pay for South-West WA workers

26 June 2012

Two workers in Western Australia’s South-West have been back-paid a total of $15,000 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $8000 for a truck driver based at Bunbury.

The male employee in his 40s - who was employed between June, 2010 and January, 2011 - lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after he was underpaid the minimum applicable pay rate and annual leave entitlements on termination.

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

In another local case, a worker at a Dunsborough consultancy has been back-paid $7000 after he was not paid wages for work he had performed.

The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $1.788 million back-pay for 1480 underpaid workers in WA last financial year.

Between July 1, 2009 and March 31, 2012 the Agency recovered a total of $78 million for 47,857 underpaid workers nationally.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says 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’re here to assist and give practical advice to employers on how to voluntarily resolve issues,” Mr Wilson says.

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

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

Employers or employees alike seeking information and advice should visit www.fairwork.gov.au or call the Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays.

The website has a number of tools and resources, including PayCheck Plus and an Award Finder, to help 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 and a self-audit check list.

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