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UnderpaymentsAugust 20, 2014
A poultry processing plant has been investigated by the Fair Work Ombudsman for the underpayment and mistreatment of their staff. The company is to pay back staff who were not paid the correct minimum wage and were forced to live in overcrowded houses and sleep on shared mattresses. The workers were aged in their twenties, from Hong Kong and Taiwan and were living in Australia on 417 working holiday visas.
The business did not follow correct employment procedures as they failed to provide written rosters for staff, they were notifying workers of their next shift via text messages only hours before commencement. Female workers were paid $11.50 and men were paid $12.50 per hour, this is gender discrimination and is below the minimum wage. Workers were not paid over time even though shifts were up to 20 hours long. Payments were in cash with no contributions to superannuation or tax deductions. The poor record keeping and illegal treatment of overseas workers was brought to the attention of the Fair Work Ombudsman by workers complaining about the conditions.
The Fair Work Ombudsman governs businesses to comply with the Fair Work Act. If you are not complying with employment policies and procedures you will face investigations. Employsure can provide support and guide you through the steps to ensure that you’re covered and correctly paying your staff. If you require the implementation of payslips, wage reviews, rostering or other employment relations documentation or advice call Employsure on 1300 651 415 or fill in the form below.
*Information sourced via the Sydney Morning Herald website.