16 July 2009
Wimmera employer to face court for allegedly underpaying staff
The federal workplace watchdog is prosecuting an Ararat man whose former security business allegedly underpaid two employees almost $18,000.
Documents lodged in the Magistrates Court of Victoria allege that Raymond Timothy Parmenter underpaid two full-time security guards who worked for him between 2006 and 2008.
It is claimed the men are owed $16,770 and $1040 respectively. Their duties included working as static security guards at the gatehouse of the Stawell Gold Mine.
Parmenter was sole trader of the RHTC security business.
Fair Work Ombudsman Victorian Director Rhonda Murray says it will be alleged in Court that Parmenter underpaid the men’s shift penalties, overtime rates, weekend and public holiday penalty rates.
Ms Murray says the decision to initiate legal proceedings was made after Parmenter failed to rectify the alleged underpayments.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is seeking a Court Order for Parmenter to repay the money, as well as a penalty.
He faces a maximum penalty of $6600 per breach of the Workplace Relations Act.
Workers and employers alike can contact the FWO Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit www.fwo.gov.au for assistance.
The Fair Work Ombudsman aims to promote harmonious, productive and co-operative workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national workplace laws.
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