Underpayment of Wages Claims


Another area that often lands employers, particularly small employers in trouble is the underpayment of wages and entitlements to employees.

Whilst many employers pay bonuses and make over-award payments to employees, thinking that they are doing the right thing by their staff, there are often technicalities contained in Awards and workplace laws that may put employers in breach of the Award and employment laws. This may result in a prosecution by Government Departments or a Union and the possibility of a Court appearance.

Effective Workplace Solutions can do a number of things to assist you:

  • Making a Phone Call – You need quick advice on Awards or industrial relations legislation, make the quick phone call and we can give you that advice quickly either over the phone or in writing. Most queries can be handled over the phone; however some require some research to ensure the accuracy and quality of the advice. However we hope to have a response to you as soon as possible.
  • Representation – Effective Workplace Solutions can represent your interests to try and mitigate any claims of underpayment of wages and entitlements that are made against you. We contact the complainants, whether it be the Department of Industrial Relations, Unions or Solicitors and negotiate with them to try and attempt to reduce the amount of the claim.
  • Wages Audits – This is the strategic or pro-active approach. Effective Workplace Solutions will examine your time and wages records and your processes to ensure that you are complying with the Awards and employment laws. We will provide a comprehensive report and if there are any issues, suggest strategies as to how to ensure that you do comply with workplace laws. This will prevent what could quite easily be a very expensive exercise.