We can assist employees who have been underpaid or not paid correctly by their employer.
What can I do if I’ve been underpaid?
If you’ve been underpaid, the first thing you should do is discuss it with your employer. Bring it to their attention and preferably put this in writing so there is a record of it.
If, after a discussion with your employer, the matter has not been resolved, we recommend you contact the Fair Work Ombudsman to enquire about any minimum payments which apply to your circumstances such as any modern award.
If the matter remains unresolved, we recommend sending a letter of demand to your employer for the unpaid wages or salary.
If the matter still remains unresolved, you can then commence legal proceedings.
What assistance can MKI Legal provide me?
We can assist in advising you of your legal entitlements, writing a letter of demand on your behalf, and commencing legal proceedings against your employer (should that be required).
If legal proceedings are required to be commenced, we find that a significant majority of them can be resolved at the mediation stage, without proceeding to a hearing. Our services are cost-effective and affordable.
What else am I entitled to if I’ve been underpaid?
If you’ve been underpaid, you may also be entitled to the imposition of a civil penalty against your employer.
This civil penalty is in addition to any repayment of your salary or wages. In most cases, the civil penalty will be paid directly to you. The maximum civil penalty imposed for each contravention is in the vicinity of $50,000 if your employer is a corporation.