Travel agents underpaid for four years get $40,800

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Travel agents underpaid for four years get $40,800

Two Gold Coast travel agents, underpaid for four years, have received $40,800 in back-pay after intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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Two Gold Coast travel agents, underpaid for four years, have received $40,800 in back-pay after intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
 
The workers had been paid between $6.95 and $15 an hour over the period.
 
After the Fair Work Ombudsman contacted the employer and explained that the business was underpaying the minimum hourly rate, the workers were back paid $20,600 and $20,200 respectively.
 
No commission
 
In another local case, a Southport manager has been back paid $19,300 after she was not paid commission.
 
And again in Southport, a driver has been reimbursed $16,400, after he was underpaid the minimum hourly rate and penalty rates.
 
Inspectors discovered the underpayments through a combination of routine audits and investigations into complaints from workers.
 
Issues
 
Common non-compliance issues encountered by inspectors include underpayment of workers’ minimum hourly rates, penalty rates and failure to pay full entitlements to workers upon termination of their employment.
 
Other recoveries
 
Other recent recoveries include: 
  • $8400 for a team leader on the Gold Coast underpaid annual leave and who had unauthorised deductions from entitlements
  • $8100 for a Yatala manager underpaid wages and annual leave
  • $7500 for a Southport security worker underpaid long service leave entitlements
  • $5000 for a Coolangatta health industry worker underpaid the minimum hourly rate and overtime allowances.

 

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