Central West NSW workers back-paid $38,000

20 September 2012

Workers in NSW’s Central West region have been back-paid a total of $38,600 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $20,700 for 20 workers at a Forbes retail business.

The Fair Work Ombudsman randomly audited the business and found the workers had been underpaid the minimum hourly rate between 2008 and 2011.

Individual underpayments ranged between $37 and $4600.

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

Other recent recoveries include:

  • $10,500 for a truck driver in the Bathurst area underpaid annual leave and long service leave entitlements on termination of his employment in 2011, and
  • $7400 for three labourers at Mudgee underpaid the minimum hourly rate, penalty rates and allowances for 12 months.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says it is always Fair Work inspector’s preference to work with employers to help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues.

“It’s a fact that some businesses inadvertently breach workplace laws. When we find mistakes, we’re here to help and give practical advice to employers on how to voluntarily fix them,” Mr Wilson says.

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

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.

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, road transport, hair and beauty, security, vehicle, social and community services, horticulture, metal manufacturing, fast food and hospitality industries.

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.

Media inquiries:

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

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