The main concern for me would actually be work cover etc - is he on the books? If not - and such a low pay suggests not - there could be far longer reaching issues if he is injured in this place. Investigate with the likelihood of quitting and reporting the workplace.
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03-08-2014 17:01 #11
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03-08-2014 17:07 #12
Call Fair Work and get the correct rate - got to his employer and let them know the rate and that you expect back pay.
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03-08-2014 17:14 #13
What was the negotiated hourly rate before he started? If he is receiving cash in hand he shouldn't be and the employer can get into trouble. If he is on the books the employer must pay the minimum wage. I would talk to the employer.
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03-08-2014 17:20 #14
I would never be ok with my child working for only $5/hour. I would encourage him to quit.
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03-08-2014 17:25 #15
Yes, it might be a starting job and yes it might just be for a bit of cash but that doesn't mean for a second that he isn't entitled to fair compensation for his time not to mention extra for working the weekend when working as a casual in the food service industry!
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03-08-2014 17:30 #18
Yep my partner runs A fast food place here. Their youngest employees are 15 and start on $7.30/hr for the first six months, including super. That's about 20c above minimum wage for that age I think.
My 17 year old sister gets $13/hr.
I would approach the manager first, and then take it further if you don't reach a suitable agreement.
03-08-2014 17:32 #19
I agree. Report them.
My niece was 16 when she's started working for a dominoes franchise. Yes I named them. The manager there deliberately hires juniors and pays below award minimum rates because he knows they are all too scared to say anything.
I encouraged her to leave. . Which she did. .. That's not fair.
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03-08-2014 17:34 #20
I also want to add that if he decides on leaving and getting another job, personally I would say the reason you left was that they were paying below the award. It's a perfectly valid reason for leaving. (I would also consider not listing the job at all and starting fresh)
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