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Fair Work Act Claims are experts at recovering unpaid wages

Our team at Fair Work Act Claims has extensive experience recovering unpaid wages and entitlements for our clients.

Unpaid wages, or wage theft, happens when your employer doesn’t pay you the minimum monetary amount, or entitlements or allowances that are set out in the Modern Award or workplace agreement that you are employed under.

It can sometimes happen by mistake, although in many cases, unpaid wages is a deliberate action taken by your boss to steal money that you are rightly and lawfully entitled to.

The national minimum wage

From July 1 2020, the minimum wage is $19.84 an hour, or $753.80 for a 38-hour week. 

Casual employees get at least a 25 per cent loading on top of that.

If you are being paid less than this, you are likely being ripped off, and need to seek expert assistance to recover what you are owed.

However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the increase will be implemented over time.

Group one awards will receive the increase from July 1 20202.

They include:

  • healthcare
  • social assistant workers
  • teachers and child
  • and other essential services

Group two awards will receive the increase from 1 November 2020.

They include:

  • construction
  • manufacturing
  • broadcasting
  • legal services
  • transport

Group three awards will receive the increase from 1 February 2021.

They include:

  • retail
  • fast food
  • aviation
  • tourism
  • hospitality
  • fitness

Click here to find out when your award will increase.

How do I know which award applies to my job?

Different jobs in different industries have different minimum pay rates and allowances and entitlements.

The specific wages and entitlements that you are legally entitled to can depend on things like your age, the industry you work in, the state you live in, your qualifications and your duties and responsibilities.

To check which award applies to your job, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website and use the Find My Award Pay Calculator here:

How we can help

Fair Work Act Claims has a team of analysts who are experts at investigating, calculating, and recovering unpaid wages.

We will request your pay records from your employer, and then our specialists will calculate the difference between what you were paid, and what you should have been paid.

Our intimate understanding of Modern Awards, including overtime, penalty rates, special loadings, allowances and entitlements ensures that we will uncover every last cent that you are owed.

We will then negotiate with your employer to recover your unpaid wages.

If necessary, we will escalate the matter by taking formal legal action in the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court.

Wage Theft Check

A fast and economical way to find out if you are owed unpaid wages is with a Wage Theft Check.

For a small fee, we will access your pay records, and crunch the numbers to calculate exactly how much money you might be owed.

We will then provide you with a detailed report of any underpayments we uncover, and advise you how to go about recovering your money.

At that point, you will also have the option of engaging our services to commence recovery action on your behalf.

For help and advice about unpaid wages, please contact our friendly team at Fair Work Act Claims on 1300 359 516 or click here to register for a quick call back from one of our consultants.

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Fair Work Act Claims is a private consultancy and advocacy firm with no affiliation to any government agency, commission or tribunal.

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