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UnderpaymentsMay 9, 2016
A female apprentice on the Gold Coast was short changed more than $17,000, over 12 months, as a result of being paid less than $10 an hour.
The adult apprentice contacted the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) when her employer refused her request to be paid the lawful minimum wage. Upon investigation, Fair Work inspectors found the apprentice had been paid a flat rate of $9.21 an hour for the majority of her employment.
As an adult first year apprentice, she was entitled to a minimum of $15.71 an hour on weekdays, $23.56 on Saturdays and $31.42 on Sundays.
The employer claimed they were unaware adult apprentices were entitled to a higher pay rate than junior apprentices, and has now been educated by the FWO in terms of their workplace obligations. In addition, they have agreed to repay all monies owed.
Employers must be aware it is their responsibility to ensure they are correctly paying their employees. This includes being fully informed of the awards which are applicable to their business and ensuring they are meeting their obligations under the Fair Work Act.
Employsure can assist employers who are unsure whether they are correctly paying staff. We can advise on all matters regarding employee entitlements and the correct wage rates applicable to your business. Call us today on 1300 651 415.
Sourced from the Fair Work Ombudsman