Underpayments recoveries by FWO continue

News

Underpayments recoveries by FWO continue

Underpaid Adelaide workers reimbursed $120k; Underpaid NSW workers reimbursed $20,000

WantToReadMore

Get unlimited access to all of our content.

Underpaid Adelaide workers reimbursed $120k; Underpaid NSW workers reimbursed $20,000.
 
Underpaid Adelaide workers reimbursed $120k
 
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered nearly $120,000 for 14 Adelaide workers, after recent investigations found they were underpaid.
 
The largest recovery was $37,500 for four housekeepers working at a City motel who had been underpaid their minimum hourly rate. The employees were reimbursed $14,300, $14,100, $8300 and $770 respectively.
 
The recovery is among a number of cases finalised recently on behalf of Adelaide workers, including: 
  • $14,100 for a City workshop manager underpaid severance pay, pay in lieu of notice and annual leave
  • $10,700 for a City workshop supervisor underpaid the minimum hourly rate
  • $10,000 for a Park Holme labourer underpaid the minimum hourly rate
  • $9400 for a McLaren Vale cleaner underpaid penalty rates and not paid minimum engagement hours
  • $7800 for a Cowandilla design worker underpaid redundancy entitlements
  • $7400 for a Hindmarsh painter not paid for hours worked, annual leave entitlements or long service leave
  • $6700 for a Flinders Park manager underpaid overtime penalty rates
  • $5900 for a City development manager not paid out time off in lieu of overtime
  • $5300 for a Smithfield workshop labourer underpaid severance pay
  • $5100 for a Clarence Gardens electrician whose work contract was unlawful.
 
FWO executive director Michael Campbell said no further action would be taken against the companies, which cooperated with inspectors and voluntarily rectified payment issues, but reminded employers of the need to regularly review their Award or agreement to ensure they are fully aware of their obligations to their workers.
 
 
Underpaid NSW workers reimbursed $20,000
 
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered nearly $20,000 for two workers in the Wyong region of New South Wales, following recent investigations found they were underpaid.
 
The biggest underpayment was $11,300 for an area manager at Tuggerah. The worker lodged a complaint with the Ombudsman, after he was not paid long service leave. After inspectors contacted the company, the employer promptly reimbursed the employee without the need for further action against the company.
 
In a separate case, an apprentice in Charmhaven is being back paid $8000 after being underpaid the minimum hourly rate. Inspectors discovered the second underpayment after a routine audit.
 
FWO executive director Michael Campbell said no further action would be taken against the two employers, who cooperated with inspectors and voluntarily rectified payment issues.
 
‘We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with employers to educate them and help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues we identify,’ Campbell said.
 
He added that in most cases, the Ombudsman does not prosecute employers for accidental breaches of workplace laws.
 
Post details