Media release

3 February 2010

Security company faces court for allegedly underpaying Sydney guards $135,000

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a prosecution against a NSW security company for allegedly underpaying 11 guards in Sydney more $135,000.

One of the guards was allegedly underpaid more than $25,000.

Facing court is Reflections Security Pty Ltd, which has an office in Castle Hill.

Documents lodged in the Federal Magistrates Court in Sydney claim the company underpaid the workers between 2006 and 2009.

The security guards were allegedly underpaid annual leave entitlements, allowances, the minimum hourly rate and penalty rates for weekend, overtime and public holiday work.

Reflections Security also allegedly failed to pay compensation to three of the guards after their workplace agreements failed the Fairness test.

Inspectors found the alleged underpayments when they investigated complaints by workers last year.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the decision to prosecute was made because of the significant amount involved and the company’s failure to rectify the matter.

The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges the company committed several breaches of workplace laws.

The Agency is seeking penalties against the company and a Court Order for the company to back-pay the guards the money allegedly owed.

The maximum potential penalty per breach is $33,000. The case is listed for a directions hearing on February 11.

The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes harmonious, productive and co-operative workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national workplace laws.

Employers or employees seeking assistance should contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit www.fwo.gov.au. For translations call 13 14 50.

 

Media inquiries:

Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations,
0419 818 484
craig.bildstien@fwo.gov.au

Ryan Pedler, Media & Stakeholder Relations Senior Adviser
(03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924
ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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Page last updated: 03 Feb 2010