Eight Bundaberg hair and beauty salon staff awarded back pay
ALMOST $6500 in back pay has been awarded to eight Bundaberg workers following a national campaign by The Fair Work Ombudsman, which focused on hair and beauty salons.
In Bundaberg, 16 salons were audited and as a result two salons had to back-pay eight workers $6498, while across the state The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered more than $65,000 for workers in Queensland following 212 audits
Of the 212 audits completed across Queensland, 124 employers were compliant with workplace laws while 88 were in breach.
Of those in breach, 56 businesses were found to have underpaid 132 employees a total of $65,048, while others had record-keeping and technical contraventions.
The Fair Work Ombudsman's Natalie James said Fair Work inspectors assisted all employers to voluntarily rectify non-compliance issues and put processes in place to ensure they were not repeated.
"While the overall contravention rate was concerning, it is pleasing that all employers were willing to back-pay their staff without the need for further action," she said.
"We are conscious that the hair and beauty industry employs a significant number of young workers who can be vulnerable if they are not fully aware of their rights or are reluctant to complain, so it is important we are proactive about ensuring they are being paid correctly," she said.
Ms James said it was disappointing that the compliance rate discovered during the campaign was lower than the 62% in 2009.