CQ businesses forced to pay back short-changed staff
Seventy two businesses were forced to back-pay a total of $110,087 to 316 of their employees who had been short-changed, after recent investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman in Central Queensland.
Fair Work inspectors made spot checks of 232 businesses in and around Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Gladstone, Biloela, Emerald and Blackwater. Businesses audited were across a number of industries, including the accommodation sector, hair and beauty services and earthmoving.
The investigation examined employers' record-keeping and payslips, correct payment of wages, and compliance with all other workplace responsibilities.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says one employer was issued with a formal Letter of Caution, putting it on notice that future contraventions of workplace law could result in enforcement action.
The campaign was conducted in response to an increase in Central Queensland workers contacting the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Ms James says Fair Work inspectors noted that businesses which were members of industry or employer organisations like CCIQ had a higher compliance rate than those which were not.