Employers count cost of underpaying

A cafe manager at a Jandakot business received $11,300 in back pay for working on rostered days off for eight months, while in Fremantle, a junior metalworker received $7200 after being underpaid as much as $12 an hour.

In total, 86 employees from 11 Perth businesses received back- pay worth $192,000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman investigations.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said employees had to make sure they understood how wages were applicable to their workplace.

“If employers are paying an adult worker less than $17.29 an hour for normal hours worked, they should check with us immediately,” she said.

“Minimum pay rates are non-negotiable and they apply to everyone regardless of nationality and visa status.”.

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