Payment of Wages – Underpayments

Payment of Wages – Underpayments

It seems every week I am posting another story about underpayments of wages and highlighting the need for 3rd party reviews to focus on compliance by each and every business.

In this instance, the business was in the bakery/restaurant area. It had to back-pay staff almost $80,000 after a Fair Work investigation found it had failed to pay its employees the correct rates.

The areas of underpayment included minimum hourly rate of pay, casual loadings and penalty and overtime rates.

A total of 94 employees were involved and the amounts varied, the highest being around $19,000 for one individual. This all occurred between the relatively short period of December 2011 to May 2013.

To avoid this sort of incident occurring at your workplace, it’s a great idea to have someone like HR Central come in and audit your HR practices.

Michael O'Shaughnessy

Michael is a specialist in all things HR. With vast HR experience in the USA and Australia, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and advice to HR Central. When he's not blogging for HR Central you can find him out for dinner in one of Melbourne's newest restaurants.

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