Workers get back-paid their dues

Thirty two workers in Casino will be awarded $113,000 in back pay after the Fair Work Ombudsman found the employees were inadvertently underpaid for more than two-and-a-half years.

The largest individual payout will be $12,000.

The national pay protector investigated the un-named company after some staff complained about their wages.

Inspectors discovered the employer had accidentally underpaid the minimum hourly rate since early 2006.

Fair Work Ombudsman NSW director Mark Davidson said the company was not aware of its obligations to set pay according to the relevant Award.

“We have assisted the employer to understand and comply with its responsibilities,” he said.

“It has fully rectified all underpayments and corrected its procedures to ensure a mistake like this does not happen again.

“We have chosen not to pursue litigation in this instance because the company has fully co-operated.”

However, Mr Davidson reminded employers they faced serious penalties if the workplace watchdog proceeded to court.


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