Brisbane workers back-paid more than $230,000

17-Apr-2012

Brisbane workers back-paid more than $230,000 
Fair Work Australia Media Release 11 April 2012

The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $6.082 million in back-pay for 5142 underpaid workers in the Queensland last financial year. Nationally, the Agency recouped $26.7 million for 17,360 employees.

Hundreds of workers in Brisbane and surrounding suburbs have recently been back-paid a total of $231,100, Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson announced during a visit to Brisbane today.

The largest recovery was $22,300 for a North Brisbane development coordinator. 

Mr Wilson said the female employee lodged a complaint after she was not paid annual leave entitlements, redundancy or wages in lieu of notice when her employment was terminated last year.

“After we contacted the business and explained its obligations, the employee was promptly reimbursed all money owed without the need for further action,” he said Mr Wilson revealed that other recent recoveries as a result of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s intervention included:

  • $18,300 for a Buranda engineer not paid long service leave entitlements, 
  • $17,000 for an executive officer in Aspley not paid wages, annual leave entitlements or redundancy entitlements, 
  • $14,800 for a Toowong manager underpaid the minimum hourly rate, 
  • $14,100 for a Hemmant engineering worker underpaid long service leave entitlements, 
  • $13,000 for a console operator at Ashgrove underpaid penalty rates, 
  • $12,100 for an office administrator at Camp Hill underpaid wages, accrued annual leave and long service leave entitlements on termination, 
  • $9,100 for a Fortitude Valley waiter underpaid the minimum hourly rate, 
  • $8,700 for a Kallangur sales representative not paid sales commissions, 
  • $8,600 for a CBD business manager underpaid wages in lieu of notice, 
  • $8,000 for a Pinkenba customer service worker not paid for attending training, 
  • $7,400 for several security industry workers at Coopers Plains underpaid the minimum hourly rate and penalty rates, 
  • $6,500 for a CBD business manager underpaid wages in lieu of notice, 
  • $6,500 for a customer relations worker at Bracken Ridge underpaid long service leave entitlements, 
  • $6,500 for a South Brisbane sales manager underpaid wages, 
  • $6,400 for a Wynnum bookmaker underpaid redundancy entitlements, 
  • $6,200 for an Archerfield labourer underpaid wages, 
  • $6,100 for a Hendra business development manager underpaid redundancy entitlements, 
  • $6,000 for a Camp Hill labourer underpaid the minimum hourly rate, penalty rates, wages in lieu of notice and accrued annual leave entitlements on termination, 
  • $6,000 for a CBD apprentice chef underpaid the minimum hourly rate, 
  • $5,800 for a Carina trainee underpaid the minimum hourly rate, 
  • $5,600 for a Rocklea warehouse packer underpaid penalty rates, 
  • $5,500 for a Eatons Hill business analyst not paid wages over a three-month period, 
  • $5,400 for a Kuraby process worker underpaid the minimum hourly rate, and 
  • $5,200 for a Morningside technician underpaid the minimum hourly rate. 

Mr Wilson says he understands that some businesses inadvertently breach workplace laws and Fair Work inspectors always take a fair and flexible approach when they identify contraventions. “When we find mistakes, we’re here to help and give practical advice to employers on how to voluntarily fix them,” he said.

“All the businesses involved have now corrected the errors that led to the underpayments and put processes in place to ensure they will not happen again.”

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