Health payroll problems to be fixed with auto repayments
UPDATE: OVERPAYMENTS made through the Queensland health payroll system now will be rectified through automated repayments.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg told parliament on Wednesday that the automated system would begin in July this year.
"An overpayment can be as simple as someone missing a shift and the form outlining the change isn't submitted in time to be reflected in their pay packet."
He said this new system would ensure any new overpayments were automatically repaid through their pay.
About 80% of overpayments are under $500 and 60% of overpayments are under $200.
"We need to make sure the overpayments don't build up," Mr Springborg said.
Automated repayments will begin 28 days after the staff member was notified on their payslip.
They will then have 14 days to contact payroll with any queries about the overpayment.
Repayments will be calculated at 15% of the employee's gross base wages in the fortnight the repayments begin, so most overpayments will be repaid within two pays.
Ombudsman awards backpay to underpaid workers
WORKERS across south-east Queensland, including Ipswich, Caboolture and Toowoomba, will share in more than $220,000 in backpay, after a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation.
The majority of backpay claims related to underpaid wages, overtime, penalty rates and annual leave not paid to employees by businesses around the region.
Among those to receive back payments will be 14 employees at an Ipswich fast-food outlet, and $17,000 owed to a machine operator and farm manager by two different businesses in the Toowoomba area.
The single biggest recovery after the FWO intervention was $77,100 for six casual workers at a Forest Lake cafe, who were underpaid minimum wages, weekend penalty rates and allowances between 2008 and 2012.
Acting Ombudsman Michael Campbell said the case highlighted the importance of employers making sure they were aware of which awards and agreements applied to employees.
"Applying the wrong award or agreement can lead to significant underpayments when left unchecked for a long period of time and employers can be left facing big back-payment bills," he said.
Other recoveries included $7200 for a manager at a Caboolture machinery hire business and $6000 for an Ipswich real estate industry employee.
In all cases, employers rectified the underpayments without the need for further action by the FWO.
Mr Campbell said as well as correcting the underpayments, all businesses had put processes in place to ensure such errors would not happen again.
"When we find mistakes, we're here to assist and give practical advice to employers on how to voluntarily resolve issues," he said.
For more information, businesses and employees can call the FWO info line on 13 13 94.
FWO recoveries in SEQ:
* $13,800 for 14 employees - including young workers at an Ipswich fast food outlet - underpaid wages and weekend penalty rates in 2011-2012.
* $9500 for foreign workers employed as a shop assistant at a Sunnybank Hills supermarket underpaid wages over a 12-month period in 2012-2013.
*$8800 for a factory worker at Coorparoo underpaid annual leave, long service leave and wages in lieu of notice upon termination of employment in 2012.
*$8800 for a machine operator in the Toowoomba area not paid overtime rates between 2010 and 2012.
*$8200 for a farm manager in the Toowoomba area not paid annual leave entitlements upon termination of employment in 2012.
*$7200 for a manager at a Caboolture machinery hire business not paid wages in lieu of notice upon termination of employment in 2013.
*$6000 for an Ipswich real estate industry employee not paid overtime rates over a five-month period in 2012-2013.
*$5200 for a truck driver at a Capalaba transport business underpaid wages and overtime rates in 2011-2012.