$9200 back-pay for apprentice

AN apprentice at Byron Bay has been back-paid $9200 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found he was underpaid.

The apprentice lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after he was underpaid the guaranteed hours under his training contract.

After Fair Work inspectors contacted the company and explained its obligations, the young worker was back-paid in full.

Fair Work Ombudsman executive director Michael Campbell said given the employer co-operated and voluntarily rectified the matter, there would be no further action against the company.

“We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with employers to educate them and help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues we identify,” Mr Campbell said.

“In most cases, the Fair Work Ombudsman does not prosecute employers for inadvertent breaches of workplace laws.”

Mr Campbell said employers needed to regularly review their Award or agreement to ensure they were fully aware of their obligations to staff.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website www.fairwork.gov.au to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay.

Employers and employees seeking advice or assistance should contact the Fair Work Infoline on 131 394.
 



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