Over $2.5 million in unclaimed wages
The Fair Work Ombudsman is calling on workers who suspect they have been underpaid in previous jobs to check if they are entitled to a share in unclaimed wages.
The agency is currently holding over $2.5 million in trust for around 10,000 people who were underpaid in a former job but cannot be located.
Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said compliance and enforcement activities regularly find underpayments of both current and former employees.
“If an employee is owed money but has left the business and can’t be located, these entitlements are held in trust until we are able to find them,” says Ms Parker.
“We make extensive efforts to locate underpaid former employees, using internal investigation records, government public resources, social media and online tools.”
Since 2010, the Fair Work Ombudsman has reunited almost $2 million in unclaimed wages with over 1,800 workers.
In one matter, efforts to track down a former security guard led to over $21,000 in unpaid wages and entitlements paid to the worker’s family after it was discovered the former employee had passed away.
“Many workers leave their jobs without even knowing that they were underpaid so all workers should check whether they are entitled to unclaimed wages,” Ms Parker says.
Visit www.fairwork.gov.au to check if you are entitled to unclaimed wages.