Workers paid $35k in entitlements

TWEED businesses will back-pay workers more than $35,000 after Fair Work intervened.

The Fair Work ombudsman recently recovered wages for three Tweed Heads workers who were underpaid.

The largest amount was $15,300 for a truck driver who did not receive full severance pay or long service leave entitlements from his employer.

After Fair Work inspectors contacted the driver's employer to discuss its obligations, the company immediately back-paid the man.

A Banora Point caretaker who was underpaid the minimum hourly rate, casual leave loading and allowances received $12,200 in back-pay.

The third worker was a Tweed Heads manager who received $8100 for underpaid wages in lieu of notice and annual leave.

Fair Work ombudsman executive director Michael Campbell said because the employers co-operated and voluntarily reimbursed the money, no further action against the companies would occur.

“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,” Mr Campbell said.

Employers and employees can contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 between 8am and 6pm weekdays or visit www.fairwork.gov.au.



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