Workers receive $21,000 back pay
TWO Hervey Bay hotel managers in Hervey Bay have been back-paid $21,300 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
The managers – who were employed at the same business – lodged complaints with the Fair Work Ombudsman after they were underpaid.
Fair Work inspectors found the two had been short-changed their annual leave entitlements, long service leave and not given time off for overtime worked, as agreed by their employer.
After inspectors contacted the hotel and explained its obligations, the two workers were reimbursed all outstanding entitlements.
Fair Work Ombudsman executive director Michael Campbell said the underpayments were inadvertent and the result of the employer’s lack of understanding of its responsibilities under the relevant award.
“Employers need to be fully aware of their Award obligations to their workers,” he said.
Mr Campbell says that, in most cases, the agency will not prosecute employers for accidental contraventions if they are voluntarily rectified.
“We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with employers to educate them and help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues we identify,” he said.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has a range of user-friendly resources on its website – www.fairwork.gov.au – to assist employees and employers check minimum rates of pay. Call the Ombudsman on 131 394.