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11 Perth employers back-pay $192,000 to 86 workers

“Minimum pay rates are non-negotiable and they apply to everyone regardless of nationality or visa status.”
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11 Perth employers back-pay $192,000 to 86 workers

12 April 2016

Workers at 11 Perth business have been back-paid a total of $192,000 following an intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest back-payment was for 54 apprentices, mostly juniors, who were underpaid almost $58,000.

All but eight of the apprentices missed out on Saturday penalty rates for five years because their employer had used an outdated payroll system.

Workplace laws were also breached as course fees were deducted and text book costs from the pay packet of some apprentices.

However, Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the mistakes were inadvertent. The companies were operating under an old workplace agreement which was no longer valid after the relevant Modern Award was introduced in 2010.

Ms James says “employers must make an effort to ensure they understand the minimum wages applicable to their workplace.”

“If employers are paying an adult worker less than $17.29 an hour for normal hours worked, they should check with us immediately.”

“Minimum pay rates are non-negotiable and they apply to everyone regardless of nationality or visa status.”

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