Local workers have been awarded a total of $20,500 in back-pay following investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Local workers have been awarded a total of $20,500 in back-pay following investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Barry Leddicoat

Workers awarded back pay

STAFF from two local businesses have been rewarded for standing up for their rights at work.

The workers have been awarded a total of $20,500 in back-pay following investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $13,300 for two workers at a Sawtell consultancy.

The men in their 20s lodged complaints with the Fair Work Ombudsman after they were not paid for all the hours they'd worked.

The employees were reimbursed $8,900 and $4,400 respectively after a Fair Work inspector contacted the business and explained its obligations.

There was no need for further action against the employer.

The second case saw six Coffs Harbour cleaners back-paid $7,200.

The workers were underpaid the minimum hourly rate between January 2010 and April 2011.

"These two businesses have now corrected the errors that led to the underpayments and put processes in place to ensure they will not happen again," Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson said.

Mr Wilson said his Assisted Voluntary Resolution team is now achieving resolution on about half its referrals with the first month.

Workers or employers seeking support should can go to fairwork.gov.au or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.



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