Ombudsman cracks down on underpayments across Australia

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Ombudsman cracks down on underpayments across Australia

The Fair Work Ombudsman is continuing to find numerous examples of workers being underpaid, including one Perth manager owed $50,000 for unpaid accrued annual leave.

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The Fair Work Ombudsman is continuing to find numerous examples of workers being underpaid, including one Perth manager owed $50,000 for unpaid accrued annual leave.
 
In another case, four cleaners were back paid $25,500, after they were not paid redundancy entitlements or wages in lieu of notice.
 
And a WA administration worker was underpaid $21,300, after she was not paid annual leave entitlements, sick leave and public holiday entitlements.
 
Obligations
 
After Fair Work inspectors contacted the employers and explained their obligations, the workers were fully reimbursed.
 
The underpayments were discovered through a combination of routine audits and investigations into complaints from workers.
 
Common issues of non-compliance encountered by inspectors included underpayment of the workers’ minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, sick leave, and failure to pay full entitlements to workers upon termination of their employment.
 
Other Perth recoveries include:
  • $13,500 for a Victoria Park salesman underpaid long service leave
  • $7600 for a Murdoch restaurant manager not paid wages in lieu of notice or severance pay
  • $6700 for a Jandakot pilot underpaid the minimum hourly rate and annual leave entitlements
  • $5700 for a Maddington administration worker not paid annual leave entitlements on termination
  • $5000 for an Osborne Park supervisor not paid wages in lieu of notice.
 
Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell said that given the employers cooperated with inspectors and voluntarily rectified the matters, there will be no further action against the companies involved.
 
Gippsland
 
In Victoria’s Gippsland district, 29 Gippsland transport workers are being reimbursed almost $90,000 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were underpaid.
 
The workers — all from the same company — were underpaid the minimum hourly rate, penalty rates and superannuation.
 
After Traralgon-based Fair Work inspectors contacted the employer and explained its obligations, the company has agreed to back pay all entitlements in full. The largest individual underpayment was $5700.
 
The transport company was randomly audited as part of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s regular auditing activity.
 
In another local case, a South Gippsland manager has been back paid $13,400 after he was underpaid annual leave entitlements.
 
And, in the La Trobe Valley, a construction worker has been back paid $11,700 after he was not paid personal leave.
 
Tasmania
 
In Tasmania, two transport workers have been back paid a total of $36,100, after investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were underpaid.
 
The largest recovery was $25,000 for a delivery driver at Burnie.
 
The casual driver lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after he was underpaid penalty rates and overtime.
 
After Fair Work inspectors contacted the employer and explained its obligations, the worker was promptly reimbursed his outstanding entitlements.
 
In a separate case, a casual truck driver at Devonport has been back paid $11,100, after he was underpaid the minimum hourly rate and penalty rates.
 
Victoria
 
Workers in North East Victoria have been back paid more than $70,000, after recent investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were underpaid.
 
The biggest underpayment was $19,300 for a Mooroopna apprentice.
 
The worker — who lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman — was underpaid his minimum hourly rate, overtime and travel allowances.
 
After Fair Work inspectors contacted the employer and explained its obligations, the company agreed to a payment plan to back pay the worker in full.
 
In another local case, a Benalla manager in the childcare industry has been back paid $15,500 after she was underpaid redundancy entitlements.
 
Other recent cases include:
  • $12,600 for Mansfield administration manager not paid severance pay on redundancy or wages in lieu of notice
  • $8900 for a young Shepparton consultant underpaid the minimum hourly rate
  • $7600 for a Shepparton truck driver underpaid the minimum hourly rate, annual leave, allowances and personal leave entitlements
  • $7300 for a warehouse worker in Shepparton not paid for rest breaks.

 

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