Jewellery chain Michael Hill admits to underpaying employees up to $25 million

Jewellery chain Michael Hill admits to underpaying employees up to $25 million due to errors in its application of the retail award.

will be repaying its retail staff up to $25 million in wages after finding errors in its application of the retail award.

The Brisbane-based chain is the latest in a string of organisations to admit to staff underpayments.

The company, which operates more than 300 stores and employs about 2,600 staff globally, said an initial review of its Australian retail employment contracts and rostering practices was undertaken by its new chief executive Daniel Bracken, with the help of accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

This initial review showed non-compliance with some industry requirements over the past six financial years and may cost the jewellery chain up to $25 million to remedy.

The company has now begun a more detailed review of all employee records, rostering practices and payments, which could "take several months to complete".

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