Fair Work Ombudsman’s Decision

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Fair Work Ombudsman’s Decision

FWO finds Brisbane businesses underpaying minimum hourly rate and annual leave entitlements.

Dozens of workers in and around Brisbane have been back-paid more than $550,000 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $195,700 for 11 sales representatives.

Fair Work inspectors randomly audited a business at Archerfield and found the 11 were incorrectly classified as independent contractors instead of employees, and thus underpaid their minimum hourly rate and annual leave entitlements.

Individual underpayments ranged between $6,401 and $50,525.

Fair Work inspectors determined that the mistake was not deliberate and the employer co-operated to voluntarily rectify the issue.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says his Agency recognises that some businesses inadvertently breach workplace laws.

Mr Wilson says when workers are incorrectly classified as independent contractors, they can miss out on fundamental employee-entitlements such as minimum pay rates, penalty rates and annual leave.

Source : Employsure

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