The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) recovered $62,979 in unpaid wages and entitlements for five workers in Sydney, as part of its ongoing surveillance activity of bookkeeping and record-keeping practices.
Two accountants were paid out as part of the swoop, including one financial accountant and another in-house accountant, who were back-paid $6,088 and $13,316 respectively.
The financial accountant, who worked for a solar power panel installation business in Forest Lodge, didn’t receive their redundancy payments, and their entitled two weeks’ payment in lieu of notice.
The in-house accountant, who was employed by a removalist company in Marrickville, accumulated a large number of unpaid entitlements, including those related to leave and termination.
Outside the accountants’ cases, the FWO also recovered funds for a restaurant worker, a nurse and a project manager.
“These cases reinforce the importance of employers making sure they are fully informed about the correct pay and entitlements that apply to their workers – or risk being hit with a hefty back-payment bill down the track,” said Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Kristen Hannah.
Dodgy payroll and internal compliance procedures are among the leading causes of underpayment and employee exploitation in Australia.