Ballarat Workers Back-paid $53,000

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Media Release




          7 Oct 2010


Ballarat workers back-paid $53,000 after Fair

Work Ombudsman intervenes 


A number of Ballarat workers have been back-paid more than $53,600 after recent

investigations found they were underpaid.


The Fair Work Ombudsman has recouped $22,200 for four employees at a hotel who were

underpaid their minimum hourly rate and not paid penalty rates.


After inspectors contacted the employer, the workers were promptly reimbursed amounts

of $7400, $5500, $4500 and $2600.

 

In a separate case, a Ballarat technician has been reimbursed more than $12,100 after

lodging a complaint that he was underpaid accrued annual leave and long service leave

entitlements. 


Similarly, once Fair Work inspectors contacted the man’s employer and explained its

obligations, the company voluntarily back-paid the worker.


The recoveries are among a number of cases finalised recently on behalf of workers in the

greater Ballarat region. 


Inspectors discovered the underpayments through a combination of routine audits and

investigations into complaints from workers.


Common non-compliance issues encountered by inspectors include underpayment of

hourly and penalty rates, annual leave and long service leave entitlements.


Additional recoveries include:



$7500 for a Ballarat office manager underpaid  wages and accrued annual leave

entitlements,


$7300 for a Ballarat bar attendant underpaid the minimum hourly rate, and


$6400 for a Ballarat administration officer underpaid the minimum hourly rate.


Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the Agency places a

strong focus on educating and assisting employers to understand and comply with

workplace laws.












 

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website - www.fairwork.gov.au

- to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay.


Small to medium-sized businesses without human resources staff can also ensure they are

following best practice when hiring, managing and dismissing employees by using free

template employment documentation with step-by-step instructions or accessing a series

of Best Practice Guides.


Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can also contact the Fair

Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays. For translations, call 13 14 50.  


Media inquiries:  Richard Honey, 0457 924 146, Richard.honey@fwo.gov.au







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