Watchdog recovers $7000 for Gladstone worker

The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $7000 for a Gladstone manufacturing industry worker who was underpaid the minimum hourly rate over six months.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $7000 for a Gladstone manufacturing industry worker who was underpaid the minimum hourly rate over six months.

Workplace inspectors contacted the worker’s employer after he lodged a complaint. After discussing payment obligations, the man was immediately back-paid money that was outstanding.

Fair Work Ombudsman Queensland Director Julie Wade says the employer had failed to pass on an increase in the minimum hourly rate.

“In this case, we are satisfied the underpayment was inadvertent and the result of ignorance,” Wade said.

“As the employer has fully co-operated and promptly rectified the situation we have chosen not to pursue the matter in court.

“However, employers who fail to pay workers properly can face fines of up to $33,000 per breach of workplace law.

“Employers have an obligation to keep up-to-date with increases in minimum wage rates and we take instances of businesses underpaying employees very seriously.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman is assisting to build more co-operative, harmonious and productive Australian workplaces.

Wade says the Fair Work Ombudsman can help workers and employers to understand the recent changes to Australia’s workplace relations laws, including minimum rates of pay.

Employers or employees seeking assistance should contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit www.fwo.gov.au