Unpaid entitlements come back to bite trucking operator

Trucking operator told to pay its driver $5,100 after investigation reveals he was not paid correct long service leave entitlements

August 24, 2012

A Queensland trucking operator has been ordered to pay its driver $5,100 after an investigation revealed he was not paid correctly.

The Rockhampton-based driver was underpaid his long service leave entitlements, a breach uncovered when inspectors from the Fair Work Ombudsman recently audited central Queensland businesses.

The driver was part of a group of 11 people across various industries who shared in a total of $39,100.

Inspectors uncovered instances of workers being underpaid the minimum hourly rate, not receiving penalty rates and not being paid for all hours worked.

The Fair Work Ombudsman says all businesses rectified the breaches after inspectors contacted them. It says no further action will be taken.

The Ombudsman says some businesses inadvertently breach workplace laws and inspectors take a fair and flexible approach to addressing contraventions.

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