Mistake sees truckies paid $42K

Two truck drivers have been back-paid $42k following intervention from the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Two truck drivers have been back-paid $42k following intervention from the Fair Work Ombudsman.

TWO truck drivers based near Mildura in Victoria's Sunraysia region have been back-paid a total of $42,100 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

They lodged complaints with the Fair Work Ombudsman after they were not paid penalty and overtime rates between 2007 and 2010.

The employees were underpaid a total of $28,200 and $13,900 respectively.

After a Fair Work inspector contacted the business and explained its obligations, the employees were reimbursed all the money owed without the need for further action against the employer.

Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Mark Scully said it was always a Fair Work inspector's preference to work with employers to help them rectify any non-compliance issues.

"We have a flexible, fair approach and when we identify a problem and contact a business, most employers check their records, realise a problem has occurred and fix it immediately," Mr Scully said.

"This business has now corrected the errors that led to the underpayments and put processes in place to ensure they will not happen again."

Mr Scully said the Fair Work Ombudsman's Assisted Voluntary Resolution team is now achieving resolution of about half its referrals within the first month.

Workers or employers seeking support should get in touch with the Fair Work Ombudsman via the website, or phone the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

The website has a number of tools and resources, including PayCheck Plus and an Award Finder, to assist business owners to calculate the correct pay for their employees.

Free documentation is available and an "Industries" section on the website provides extra, specialised information for employers and employees in the road transport, retail, cleaning, clerical, hair and beauty, security, vehicle, horticulture, fast food and hospitality industries.

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