Brisbane Company Back-pays Three Young Workers Almost $85,000

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Media Release




         12 Dec 2009


Brisbane company back-pays three young

workers almost $85,000


A Brisbane company has reimbursed three young workers almost $85,000 after

the Fair Work Ombudsman found they had been underpaid.


The underpayments were discovered after a random audit by inspectors revealed

the three were paid training rates instead of their correct entitlements.


One of the young employees was underpaid more than $42,000.


In another case, two Brisbane production workers have also been reimbursed

$16,200 after separate investigations.


The pair, who worked at Kedron,  complained after they were made redundant

but were not paid-out their accrued annual and long service leave entitlements,

severance pay and pay in lieu of notice.


After Fair Work inspectors contacted the company, the workers were promptly

reimbursed $8900 and $7300 respectively without the need for further action

against the company.


The recoveries are among a dozens of cases finalised recently on behalf of

workers throughout Brisbane.


Inspectors discovered the underpayments through a combination of routine audits

and investigations into complaints from workers.


They include include:



$50,000 for an employee at a Brisbane business who had complained about

being underpaid entitlements on termination, including superannuation and

worker's compensation,



$11,100 for the manager of a Milton business underpaid accrued annual

leave entitlements on termination of his employment position,



$9580 for a supervisor at a Hemmant business underpaid accrued annual

leave and time in lieu entitlements on termination,



$9430 for a Sunnybank IT worker underpaid redundancy entitlements and

superannuation,



$9020 for a Capalaba food outlet worker underpaid annual leave entitlements

and pay in lieu of notice,



$8200 for a Brisbane real estate agent underpaid commissions,

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$8100 for a retail salesperson at Underwood who was underpaid long service

leave entitlements and had unlawful deductions made from their pay,



$7400 for a Stapylton clerical worker underpaid annual leave entitlements

and pay in lieu of notice,

  


$7100 for a Carindale receptionist underpaid the minimum hourly rate and

overtime,



$6800 for a Wacol artist underpaid accrued annual leave on termination,



$6650 for the manager of a Capalaba business underpaid annual leave

entitlements and not paid for some hours worked,



$6120 for a Rowville shop assistant underpaid accrued annual leave and long

service leave entitlements on termination,



$6100 for a Brendale driver underpaid the minimum hourly rate and not-paid

for some hours worked,



$6040 for an Albany Creek IT worker who was underpaid accrued annual

leave entitlements on termination and not paid for some time worked,



$5890 for a Forest Lake retail worker underpaid redundancy entitlements

and pay in lieu of notice,



$5620 for a Brisbane IT worker who had not been paid for some hours

worked,



$5570 for a Brendale sales manager underpaid redundancy entitlements,



$5320 for the manager of a Kelvin Grove business underpaid the minimum

hourly rate and accrued annual leave entitlements on termination, and



$5240 for a Hemmant tradesman underpaid severance pay and other

entitlements on termination.


Fair Work Ombudsman Queensland Director Julie Wade says most of the

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.

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“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

litigation.”


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

rates and conditions should visit www.fairwork.gov.au 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 has also published the Fair Work Information

Statement, a new tool to help workers better understand their rights. From next

year, a copy must be provided to all new employees.


From January 1, small business will operate under the Federal Government’s new

safety net of minimum employment conditions under the National Employment

Standards.


Ms Wade encouraged employers to act now to find out about and prepare for the

changes, saying her Agency can assist.


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.

craig.bildstien@fwo.gov.au


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

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












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