Caboolture Food Outlet Backpays Worker $9600

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Media Release

         25 Nov 2009

Caboolture food outlet back-pays young worker

$9600 after watchdog intervenes

A young worker at a Caboolture food outlet has been reimbursed $9600 after an

investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found he was underpaid.

The worker, who was in a managerial position, complained after he became

aware he was not being paid penalty rates for overtime and weekend work.

After the Fair Work Ombudsman became involved, the young worker was

promptly back-paid without the need for further action against the company.

The recovery is among a number of cases finalised recently on behalf of workers

in and around Caboolture.

Inspectors discovered the underpayments through a combination of routine audits

and investigations into complaints from workers.

They include include:

$10,300 for the manager of a Narangba business underpaid accrued annual

leave entitlements on termination,

$9200 for a Burpengary tradesman underpaid redundancy entitlements, and

$7850 for the manager of a Caboolture business underpaid pay in lieu of

notice and accrued annual leave entitlements on termination.

Fair Work Ombudsman Queensland Director Julie Wade says most underpayments

resulted from a lack of understanding by employers of their legal obligations,

including applicable Awards and pay-scales.

“That’s why the Fair Work Ombudsman places such a strong focus on educating

employers and assisting them to understand and comply with workplace laws,”

she said.

Ms Wade says in most cases, the Fair Work Ombudsman does not prosecute

employers for inadvertent breaches of workplace laws.

“However, employers need to be aware that they can face fines of up $33,000 per

breach if we do take matters to court,” she said.

“Most of the $70 million we have recovered for 54,000 workers throughout

Australia over the past two years has been recouped without resorting to



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Ms Wade says employers or employees seeking up-to-date information on wage

rates and conditions should visit or contact the Fair Work

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

“The Fair Work Ombudsman’s website also includes information and templates to

help employers better manage employment records and payslips,” she said.

“Employers need to be aware that under Commonwealth workplace laws they

must keep accurate time, wages, annual leave and other employment records

and issue sufficiently detailed payslips.”

Eleven Best Practice Guides have been developed by the Fair Work Ombudsman

to assist employers make better use of the provisions of the Fair Work Act and

better understand other aspects of workplace laws.

The new guides are on the website and cover work and family, consultation and

co-operation, individual flexibility arrangements, employing young workers,

gender pay equity, small business, workplace privacy, managing

underperformance, effective dispute resolution and improving workplace

productivity in bargaining. 

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

workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national

workplace laws.

NOTE: We are unable to identify individual businesses or provide additional

information about the cases listed.

Media inquiries: 

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

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

2561, 0434 365 924.

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