Ombudsman secures $5,900 for underpaid truck driver

Truck driver receives $5,900 in back-pay after Fair Work Ombudsman finds employer underpaid him the hourly rate

July 10, 2012

A truck driver has shared in more than $550,000 of back-pay for dozens of workers after the Fair Work Ombudsman uncovered a litany of underpayments during a random audit of Brisbane companies.

The Archerfield-based truck driver received $5,900 in back-pay after inspectors from the Ombudsman found his employer failed to pay him the correct minimum hourly rate.

Inspectors recovered payments for workers across various industries, from engineers to chefs, managers, clerks, shop assistants and labourers.

The largest recovery was $195,700 for 11 sales representatives who did not receive their minimum hourly rate and annual leave entitlements. Individual underpayments ranged between $6,401 and $50,525.

The business voluntarily rectified the matter, but the Fair Work Ombudsman also sent a letter of caution to it.

The government agency has used the incident to remind employees and employers to use its website to calculate correct pay rates and to determine the correct employment Award to use.

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