A hospitality venue in Melbourne’s Noble Park has voluntarily reimbursed 36 of its staff a total of $32,600 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were underpaid.
Most of the staff – waiters and kitchen hands – are under the age of 20.Fair Work Ombudsman executive director, Michael Campbell said the workers were underpaid their minimum hourly rate and were not paid overtime or weekend penalty rates.
Following a complaint, Fair Work inspectors contacted the employer and explained its obligations, resulting in each of the underpaid workers being promptly back-paid their outstanding entitlements.
“The business has now put processes in place to ensure this mistake will not be repeated,” Mr Campbell said.
“We acknowledge that accidental breaches of workplace laws do occur, so our preference always is to work with employers to educate them and help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues we identify.”
The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools and user-friendly resources on its website www.fairwork.gov.au to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay.
Small to medium-sized businesses without human resources staff can also ensure they are better equipped when hiring, managing and dismissing employees by using free template employment documentation available online.
The ‘industries’ section on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website provides information specifically tailored for hospitality employers and workers.