Dubbo transporter caught out on unpaid overnight allowances

Trucking company pays its driver $12,500 for unpaid overnight allowances

November 30, 2011

A trucking company in the NSW regional city of Dubbo has handed one of its drivers $12,500 after it was caught out for failing to pay him overnight allowances.

The Fair Work Ombudsman called on the company after its 42-year-old driver complained about not receiving his entitlements.

An inspector contacted the business and explained its workplace obligations, prompting it to reimburse the driver. The Fair Work Ombudsman has not named the company involved because no legal action will be taken against it.

Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says the trucking operator has now corrected the errors that led to the breaches to ensure they will not happen again.
He says some businesses inadvertently breach workplace laws.

"When we find mistakes, we’re here to assist and give practical advice to employers on how to voluntarily fix them," Wilson says.

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