In a recent article from InsideSmallBusiness, a South Australian worker was paid back $22,000 following an intervention from the Fair Work Ombudsman, after only being paid $15/hour for 7 years. The business co-operated with the Ombudsman and agreed to a pay-back installment plan for the now former employee. Underpayment can result in business having to face unexpected paybacks outside their budget.
This example highlights good practices as a business, as well as the importance of management liability for a SME business, which extends to cover Employment Practices Liability, for when business owners find themselves in a similar situation, and have to defend their position. At East West Insurance Brokers we have a specialised business insurance team, who would be more than happy to provide you with information or a comparative quote to assist in protecting your business.