Fwo Recovers $9200 Back-pay For Byron Bay Apprentice

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          12 Oct 2010

Fair Work Ombudsman recovers $9200 back-

pay for Byron Bay apprentice

An apprentice at Byron Bay has been back-paid $9200 after an investigation by

the Fair Work Ombudsman found he was underpaid.

The apprentice lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after he was

underpaid the guaranteed hours under his training contract.

After Fair Work inspectors contacted the company and explained its obligations,

the young worker was back-paid in full.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says that given the

employer co-operated and voluntarily rectified the matter, there will be no further

action against the company.


“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,” Mr Campbell said.

“In most cases, the Fair Work Ombudsman does not prosecute employers for

inadvertent breaches of workplace laws.” 

Mr Campbell says employers need to regularly review their Award or agreement

to ensure they are fully aware of their obligations to staff.

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 better equipped 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 and employees seeking advice or assistance should contact the Fair

Work Infoline on 13 13 94. Translations are available by calling 13 14 50.

Media inquiries: 


Richard Honey, 0457 924 146, richard.honey@fwo.gov.au

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