Over $300,000 recovered for WA workers in six months

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Industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations recovered a total of $344,537 in unpaid wages and entitlements in the second half of 2019. 

Successful conciliation of underpayment matters has resulted in significant amounts of unpaid long service leave entitlements being recovered for Western Australian workers. Between July and December 2019, industrial inspectors recovered a total of $155,149 in unpaid entitlements arising from 34 long service leave underpayment complaints made by employees to Private Sector Labour Relations.  

This six month period has seen 146 proactive compliance audits carried out by industrial inspectors. 

To date, industrial inspectors working on the current café and restaurant proactive compliance campaign have audited 58 state system businesses. Of these, over 80% of businesses were found to be non-compliant with state employment laws, and a total of $55,377 in unpaid wages has been recovered for employees. The largest amount recovered from one restaurant totalled $31,790 for eight employees.

Visit the Wage theft website to report wage theft in Western Australia. For help to resolve an individual issue of underpayment, visit the Making a complaint about underpayment of wages or entitlements page.

The Long service leave page on the Wageline website contains extensive information on long service leave entitlements.

Labour Relations
Department News
23 Jan 2020

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