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Fair Work – ACT – Canberra gym underpays personal trainer

Latest NewsCanberra gym underpays personal trainer

A qualified personal trainer in Canberra who questioned his wage has been back-paid $9800 and helped to ensure his workmates are now paid correctly.

The level 4 personal trainer was paid a flat rate of $21.61 an hour – the equivalent of a level 1 employee – for 19 months.

He should have received a minimum of $27.45 an hour while conducting personal training sessions and fitness classes and $25.16 for general gym work, such as reception duties.

The employee also worked up to three “broken shifts” a week where he had less than a 10-hour break between shifts and should have been paid $49.41 an hour.

He sought assistance from the Fair Work Ombudsman after unsuccessfully trying several times to resolve the matter directly with his employer.

After discussions with the Fair Work Ombudsman, the employer accepted responsibility for misclassifying and underpaying the employee.

The business acted co-operatively and willingly accepted workplace advice from Fair Work officers. It back-paid the employee $9800 and corrected the pay rates of all other employees.

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See the full article athttps://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/news-media-releases/2016-media-releases/august-2016/20160805-canberra-personal-trainer-mr

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