Underpaid Brisbane truck driver receives $5600

Truckie compensated after employer failed to pay correct annual leave entitlements.


A Brisbane truck driver has received $5,600 after his employer failed to pay him his correct annual leave entitlements.

The Burpengary-based driver was back-paid following a Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) investigation into businesses throughout Brisbane and south-east Queensland.

The FWO says the driver was not paid his correct entitlements while on workers compensation in 2012-2013.

The agency says the business rectified the underpayment when FWO inspectors contacted it to explain its obligations.

"It is important that Queensland employers are aware of the workplace laws that apply to their business, otherwise they can end up facing hefty back-payments they were not budgeting for," Ombudsman Natalie James says.  

The case was one of a number of underpayments that the FWO discovered as part of its investigations.

The FWO recovered more than $82,000 in wages and entitlements for workers across a number of industries, with the largest recovery reaching $20,000 for a factory worker south of Brisbane.

"Small businesses often don’t have the benefit of in-house human resources and payroll staff, so we place a high priority on assisting them," James says.

"Equipping people with the information they need helps us to create fair and productive workplaces, as well as ensuring a level playing field for all."

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