Media release – 2nd November – Fair Work Ombudsman

Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $404,721 in wages for 623 underpaid workers. 

Where – 77 businesses across a range of suburbs, including Brisbane CBD, South Brisbane, Fortitude Valley and Sunnybank.

What they found – 75 per cent of businesses had breached workplace laws.

Of the 58 businesses found to be in breach.

  • 53 had underpaid their workers and
  • 26 had failed to meet pay slip and record-keeping requirements.

The most common breaches found were;

  • failure to pay penalty rates or casual loading (40 businesses), followed by
  • underpayment of the minimum hourly rate of pay (37 businesses) and
  • breaches of pay slip laws (19 businesses).

What lesson can you find in this?

  • Employers need to know their rights and obligations in their workplace. This includes knowing the correct award for their employees and relevant minimum pay rates, including penalty rates and overtime.
  • Most problems in the workplace happen when there is a lack of awareness about workplace entitlements. Getting pay and entitlements right also means employers can avoid serious penalties.

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