Fair Work Om­buds­man pro­tects snow­field work­ers

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THE Fair Work Om­buds­man will be send­ing a team of 10 in­spec­tors back to the snow­fields of Vic­to­ria and NSW to check that sea­sonal work­ers are re­ceiv­ing cor­rect wages.

The move fol­lows a find­ing last year that there had been sub­stan­tial un­der­pay­ment of staff.

The agency re­quired 39 busi­nesses to re­pay more than $354,000 to more than 410 em­ploy­ees found to have been short changed last year.

The largest re­pay­ment was $34,242 for 30 em­ploy­ees at a sin­gle business.

While em­ploy­ers co­op­er­ated and re­paid all out­stand­ing en­ti­tle­ments, the agency is hop­ing that last year’s mis­un­der­stand­ing of the law has not been re­peated.

“The main rea­son for the un­der­pay­ments was a wide­spread mis­un­der­stand­ing of award cov­er­age,” ex­plained Fair Work Om­buds­man Natalie James.

“Most em­ploy­ees were ap­ply­ing the pro­vi­sions of the Alpine Re­sorts Award, when in fact they should have been ap­ply­ing the Gen­eral Re­tail In­dus­try Award, the Fast Food In­dus­try Award, the Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try (gen­eral) Award or the Res­trau­rant In­dus­try Award,” Ms James ex­plained.

The Alpine Re­sorts Award 2010 only ap­plies to em­ploy­ers whose business ac­tiv­ity in­volved the op­er­a­tion of ski lifts.

This year, the in­spec­tors will re-visit re­sorts and add new ones to their list.

Their aim is to en­sure that em­ploy­ers are pay­ing staff cor­rectly, main­tain­ing ap­pro­pri­ate records and pro­vid­ing staff with pay slips.

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