Restaurant and takeaway staff underpaid more than $23,000

05 February, 2016 by
Danielle Bowling

A Robina restaurant and a Carrara takeaway food outlet have been ordered to backpay a dozen employees more than $23,000, following audits by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The employers of both establishments are from non-English speaking backgrounds and claimed to be unaware of their workplace obligations.

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The takeaway outlet – which has since backpaid four casual employees and two teenage workers – was paying staff as little as $10 an hour, while neglecting to pay penalty rates for weekends, public holidays or shift work.

In Robina, nine workers – some of who are international students – have been reimbursed a total of $13,700 after being underpaid at a local restaurant over a 12 month period. Like the Carrara outlet, the Robina workers were paid flat hourly rates instead of the wages applicable under the Restaurant Industry Award.

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One particular worker was underpaid more than $5,100.

While Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, said both employers co-operated with inspectors and promptly reimbursed employees all money owed, she said they are now “on notice” to comply with workplace laws.

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