Gold Coast workers back-paid over $50,000

Three Gold Coast workers have been back-paid more than $50,000 in owed wages and entitlements after seeking help from the Fair Work Ombudsman.

A full time trainee investment advisor in Surfers Paradise was back-paid $28,000 after they received only commission as payment over seven months.

“The worker received varying amounts of pay each week – and often no income at all,” the Ombudsman said in a statement.


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“Under the Banking, Finance and Insurance Award 2010, the employee was entitled to receive at least $22.86 per hour.”

“Following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman, the business cooperated and back-paid the employee the owed wages.”

A second worker, who was employed at a Main Beach restaurant and retail shop, was reimbursed over $16,000 in unpaid annual leave and loading entitlements following an investigation by the Ombudsman.

According to Fair Work Australia, the visa holder was employed for eight years under a contract that stipulated that he was entitled to two weeks of annual leave each year, despite the National Employment Standards requiring that every employee receive a minimum of four weeks’ annual leave per year.

In a third incident, $8000 in overtime entitlements was back-paid to a customer service representative in Arundel who regularly worked five hours overtime per week.

Employees and employers who are unsure about their workplace rights and obligations should visit www.fairwork.gov.au or contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

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