$120,000 Back-pay For Workers In Perth

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Media Release




          2 Nov 2010


$120,000 back-pay for workers in Perth 


Workers in and around Perth have been back-paid almost $120,000 as a result of recent

investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman.


The biggest recovery was $20,000 for a Canning Vale company director who was

underpaid annual leave entitlements.


In another case, a personal assistant working at a business in Wooroloo has been

reimbursed $15,900 after inspectors found the employee was not paid correct annual leave

entitlements.


And $14,000 has been recouped for a marketing manager in Bayswater who was not paid

two months’ salary or accrued annual leave.


The underpayments were discovered through a combination of routine audits and

investigations into complaints from workers.


Last financial year, the Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $2.65 million for 1634

Western Australians who were underpaid at work.


Other recent recoveries include:



$12,800 for a Fremantle worker in the shipping industry underpaid redundancy

entitlements,


$12,500 for a Wangara manager not paid for all hours worked,


$8800 for a Maddington supervisor not paid redundancy entitlements,


$8200 for an Osborne Park apprentice underpaid wages and allowances,


$6900 for an Osborne Park cleaner underpaid long service leave entitlements,


$6200 for a Subiaco health professional underpaid sick leave,


$5400 for an Osborne Park sales manager who was not paid wages, annual leave or

payment in lieu of notice,


$5000 for a South Perth real estate agent underpaid commission, and


$5000 for an Osborne Park supervisor not paid in lieu of notice.


Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says most of the

underpayments were the result of a lack of understanding by employers of their legal

obligations with respect to wages and entitlements.


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

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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 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: 


Craig Bildstien, Director of Media, 0419 818 484, craig.bildstien@fwo.gov.au






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