Recent media articles have shown the spot light on dodgy operators within the hospitality industry underpaying workers.
One such article in The Age Victoria on 19 January 2016 alleges that a certain renowned Melbourne restaurant was paying its employees as much as $11.00 per hour and short-changed 6 foreign workers a total of $87,349.00 at a Sydney restaurant.
The owners of the restaurant now face significant penalties and public embarrassment.
Sadly, this appears to be a common occurrence.
On 25 June 2015 it was reported in Hospitality Magazine that the Fair Work Ombudsman found 456 businesses short-changed 2,752 workers over $1.215 million.
The award rate for an introductory full-time or part-time adult hospitality worker is currently $17.29 per hour.
This issue is not unique to the hospitality industry with many other workers in various industries being affected. For example, some may recall the media attention that 7-Eleven received toward the end of 2015 following the Fair Work Ombudsman’s investigation which found systemic underpayment of wages together with false-records. More recently, the Sydney Morning Herald reported a story about alleged underpaying of employees of a private school in Sydney.
The Fair Work Ombudsman publishes pay guides that detail the minimum pay rates for full-time, part-time and casual employees in an award. In addition, the guides include the monetary allowances and the most frequently used penalty rates for each award class. See https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/minimum-wages/pay-guides#H.
Whether you are an employee or employer, it may be the case that there is a specific award rate that you are entitled to receive or required to pay by law.
If you need advice on whether you are being underpaid or are underpaying your employees, contact Kim Glassborow, Principal Lawyer at G&B Lawyers on M: 0481 287 528 or Katherine Edwards, Lawyer on M: 0401 175 934.
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