Murray Bridge worker back-paid $57,000

2 May 2012

A worker at Murray Bridge in South Australia has been back-paid a total of $57,000 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The male employee - a delivery driver in his 50s - lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after he was underpaid the minimum hourly rate and penalty rates for overtime, public holiday and weekend work for more than eight years.

The underpayments occurred between July, 2002 and December, 2010.

After an inspector contacted the business and explained its obligations, a back-payment plan was put in place to ensure the worker was reimbursed all money owed.

As the underpayment was inadvertent, no further action will be taken against the employer.

In another case, a tradesman at Murray Bridge has been back-paid $5600 after his employer underpaid his annual leave entitlements.

The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $1.579 million back-pay for 1048 underpaid workers in South Australia last financial year. Nationally, the Agency recouped $26.7 million for 17,360 employees.

"When we find mistakes, we're here to assist and give practical advice to employers on how to voluntarily fix them," says Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson.

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

"These two businesses 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 provides a single point of contact for people working or running a business in Australia to get accurate and timely information about their workplace rights and obligations.

Employers or employees seeking information and advice should visit www.fairwork.gov.au.

The website has a number of tools and resources, including PayCheckPlus 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.

Resources also include payslip and record-keeping templates, a self-audit checklist, template letters and fact sheets on dozens of topics including leave, industrial action, public holidays, enterprise bargaining, gender pay equality and family-friendly workplaces.

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Media inquiries:

Richard Honey, Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
0457 924 146
richard.honey@fwo.gov.au

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