$113,000 Back-pay For 32 Casino Workers

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Fair Work Infoline: 13 13 94 

Media Release

          22 Oct 2009

$113,000 back-pay for 32 Casino workers 

The national pay protector has recovered $113,000 in back-pay for 32 workers at

a company in the regional NSW town of Casino.

The employees were inadvertently underpaid the minimum hourly rate for more

than two-and-a-half years.   

Some young workers were paid just $10 an hour.

The biggest underpayment of a single worker was $12,000.

The Fair Work Ombudsman started investigating the company after some staff

complained about their wages.

Inspectors discovered the employer had accidentally underpaid the minimum

hourly rate since early 2006. 

Fair Work Ombudsman NSW Director Mark Davidson says the company was not

aware of its obligations to pay according to the relevant Award.

“We have assisted the employer to understand and comply with its

responsibilities,” he said.

“It has fully rectified all underpayments and corrected its procedures to ensure a

mistake like this does not happen again.

“We have chosen not to pursue litigation in this instance because the company

has fully co-operated.”

However, Mr Davidson reminded employers they faced serious penalties if the

workplace watchdog proceeded to court.

The Fair Work Ombudsman can help workers and employers to understand recent

changes to Australia’s workplace relations laws, including minimum rates of pay.

Employers or employees seeking assistance should contact the Fair Work Infoline

on 13 13 94 or visit www.fwo.gov.au For translations call 13 14 50.

The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes co-operative, harmonious and productive

Australian workplaces.

Media inquiries: 

Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations. 0419 818 484.


Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser Media & Stakeholder Relations. (03) 9954

2561, 0434 365 924. ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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