Melbourne worker back-paid $117,000
20 November 2013
An underpaid worker in Melbourne's North has been back-paid $117,000 in
termination entitlements following recent intervention by the Fair Work
The employee, aged in his 50s, had worked as a machine operator at a
Fawkner business for more than 10 years before he was made
redundant earlier this year.
When his employer failed to pay-out a range of entitlements he was owed,
including accrued annual leave and long service entitlements and redundancy pay,
he lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
After Fair Work Inspectors contacted the employer and explained their
obligations under workplace laws relating to termination entitlements, the
employee was back-paid in full.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said the business narrowly avoided facing
further compliance action by co-operating with Inspectors and promptly
rectifying the matter.
"It is the responsibility of employers to ensure they pay employees their
full termination entitlements when the employment relationship ends," Ms James
"Paying workers correctly upon termination of employment is just as important
as ensuring they receive their full entitlements throughout their
"Termination entitlements play a vital supporting role for workers while they
attempt to pick themselves up, find a new job and get back on their feet."
Other recent recoveries of termination entitlements in North and North-West
- $8,300 for a chef at an Essendon restaurant not paid wages
in lieu of notice and his annual leave entitlements upon termination of
employment earlier this year, and
- $6,500 for a St Albans shop assistant also not paid her
annual leave entitlements upon termination of employment earlier this year.
Ms James said that after Fair Work Inspectors contacted the businesses and
explained their obligations, the employees were reimbursed all money owed
without the need for further action.
"Our focus is on educating employers about their obligations and helping them
to put processes in place to ensure that any errors we find don't occur again," Ms James said.
The 'Termination' section of the Fair Work
Ombudsman’s website - www.fairwork.gov.au - outlines the entitlements
payable in a worker's final pay and includes information on topics such as
annual leave, long service leave and redundancy pay.
Employers and employees seeking assistance should visit the website or
contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter
service is available by calling 13 14 50.
Tom McPherson, Media & Stakeholder
0439 835 855
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