MORE than 70 Perth workers, including two from Port Kennedy, have received back pay after investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
The two local retail workers received a combined $7000 in unpaid severance and annual leave entitlements.
It’s part of $215,000 awarded to Perth workers by the ombudsman this week.
Ombudsman Nicolas Wilson said $1.788 million in back pay was recovered for 1480 underpaid workers in WA last financial year.
Mr Wilson said when Fair Work inspectors identified a problem and contacted a business, most employers checked their records, realised a problem had occurred and fixed it immediately.
“We’re here to assist and give practical advice to employers on how to voluntarily resolve issues,” Mr Wilson said.
“These Perth businesses have now corrected the errors that led to the underpayments and put processes in place to ensure they will not happen again.”
Mr Wilson said the Assisted Voluntary Resolution team was now achieving resolution of about half its referrals within the first month.
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