Warragul café workers underpaid almost $9,000
Baw Baw News
By Will Watson // 20:05, Monday 13 November 2017
Six Warragul café workers were underpaid over $8,000 between them after their employer classified them incorrectly.
On Thursday the Fair Work Commission announced a café had paid the workers incorrect hourly rates. This included underpayments of their weekend and public holiday rates totalling $8,749.
Fair Work’s intervention saw the affected workers repaid.
The café‘s name was not disclosed by the commission.
Meanwhile, 13 employees in Leongatha received just over $6,000 in back pay after their employer failed to increase wages following a mandatory wage increase.
In a media release, Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Kristen Hannah said the offending companies were on notice and that the commission would not tolerate further breaches of workplace laws.
“While these mistakes may be careless rather than malicious, the fact remains that there has never been more freely available information for employers than there is right now so there are no excuses for making these mistakes,” Ms Hannah said.
Both businesses have repaid their staff in full.
In the 2016/2017 financial year, the Fair Work Ombudsman recovered $30.6 million in unpaid wages for more than 17,000 workers.
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