Workers receive entitlements
Thirteen workers in the Pilbara have been back paid more than $240,000 by a labour hire company after not receiving their termination entitlements.
The workers did not receive outstanding wages, redundancy, accrued annual leave, location allowances or project incentive payments in accordance with their enterprise agreement after being stood down when the host employer cancelled its work at the time.
The labour-hire company and the host organisation had an agreement to transfer the employees between them when the stand-down occurred, but the host organisation breached the agreement.
After the workers were unsuccessful in determining who was legally responsible for paying their termination entitlements, they approached the Fair Work Ombudsman for assistance.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said once the labour-hire company assumed responsibility, it reimbursed all outstanding entitlements.
The labour-hire employer has been placed on notice that further breaches of workplace laws may result in enforcement action.