Following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman, 33 Cairns hospitality workers have been back-paid more than $10,000.

The employer had failed to apply the minimum wage increase following the Annual Wage review, and the underpayments – relating to a number of entitlements including casual loading, weekend, evening and late night penalties – ranged from $21.93 to $740.

Fair Work inspectors were told the minimum wage increase had been delayed because the employer was waiting for the business’ head office, located overseas, to approve it.

After discussion with inspectors, the employer conducted a self-audit of the business and back-paid the employees all outstanding entitlements.


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