Underpaid workers get their dues

A CENTRAL Queensland worker has been reimbursed $17,000 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found she was underpaid.

The health industry worker, located in a regional area west of Rockhampton, lodged a complaint after she left her job but was not paid for accrued time-off. The employer had also not paid her for some hours worked.

After Fair Work inspectors contacted her employer, the woman was promptly reimbursed. The recovery is one of a number of cases finalised recently on behalf of workers in Central Queensland.

Inspectors discovered the underpayments through a combination of routine audits and investigations into complaints from workers.

Of the other five cases discovered, a Rockhampton trainee in the automotive industry was reimbursed $1700 after being underpaid the minimum hourly rate.

A Rockhampton apprentice in the hospitality industry received $683 after being underpaid the minimum hourly rate and annual leave entitlements.

Fair Work Ombudsman Queensland Director Julie Wade said most of the underpayments resulted from of a lack of understanding by employers of their legal obligations.

Ms Wade said in most cases, the Fair Work Ombudsman didn’t prosecute employers for inadvertent breaches of workplace laws.

For up-to-date information on wage rates and conditions contact the Fair Work Info line on 13 13 94.



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