$14,000 back-pay for North West Vic workers

14 May 2012

Two workers in North West Victoria have been back-paid a total of $14,800 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $8800 for a cleaner at Swan Hill.

The female employee in her 40s lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after she was underpaid the minimum hourly rate, penalty rates and minimum engagement hours between 2005 and 2010.

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 case, a young maintenance worker at Mildura has been back-paid $6000 after he was underpaid penalty rates for the past three years.

The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $7.573 million back-pay for 3556 underpaid workers in Victoria last financial year.

Nationally, the Agency recouped $26.7 million for 17,360 employees.

Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Bill Loizides 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 Loizides says.

"These North-West Victorian businesses have now corrected the errors that led to the underpayments and put processes in place to ensure they will not happen again."

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

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 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 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,
0457 924 146
richard.honey@fwo.gov.au

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