More than $12,000 received by Victor and Normanville underpaid workers

VICTOR HARBOR – A Victor Harbor real estate agent is one of several underpaid workers in South Australia who has been back-paid following a recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
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The real estate agent was paid $7300 for underpaid annual leave and redundancy pay entitlements upon their termination of employment in 2011.

A Normanville worker received $5500 for hours worked on rostered days off and underpaid an allowance between 2010 and 2012.

The total amount paid by employers in the intervention was more than $80,000.

The biggest recovery was $15,000 for a Murray Bridge truck driver who was underpaid overtime rates and not paid for hours worked on public holidays over a three year period.

The underpayments occurred because the employer did not keep an accurate record of the hours the employee worked throughout his employment.

Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, said the case highlights the importance of employers complying with their obligation under workplace laws to keep accurate time-and-wages records.

“We often see situations where an employer’s lack of diligent record keeping results in confusion between employers and their staff and ultimately underpayment of employees, who then lodge complaints with us,” Ms James said.

“Employers who fail to keep proper time-and-wages records and issue detailed pay slips to employees are at much greater risk of inadvertently underpaying their employees.

“It’s a legal requirement that pay slips be issued within 24 hours of payment and they’re vital for the employee to check for themselves that they’ve received their full entitlements.”

Underpaid Fleurieu workers have been back-paid thousands of dollars.

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