Truckie secures $9800 for underpaid penalty rates

Employer forced to pay truck driver $9800 after underpaying him penalty rates

June 21, 2012

A truck driver in the Gold Coast hinterland has received almost $10,000 after it was revealed his employer did not pay him full penalty rates.

The Fair Work Ombudsman uncovered $9,800 owed to the truckie as part of a campaign centred on the Gold Coast that netted $66,500 for 18 workers across various industries.

The largest recovery was $16,800 for an Ormeau office assistant who was underpaid the minimum hourly rate for nine years between 2002 and 2011.

The Ombudsman says all the businesses involved have now corrected the errors that led to the underpayments and put processes in place to ensure they will not happen again.

It recovered more than $6 million in back-pay for 5,142 underpaid workers in the Queensland last financial year. Nationally, the agency recouped $26.7 million for 17,360 employees.

The Ombudsman says workers and employers seeking support should contact it on 13 13 94 or via its website.

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