$51,000 back-pay for Preston security staff

11 April 2011

Three security officers from the Melbourne suburb of Preston are being reimbursed a total of $51,400 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were underpaid.

Fair Work inspectors contacted the security company after receiving complaints.

After checking employment records, inspectors identified that three workers had been underpaid $28,100, $14,800 and $8500 respectively.
Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the business had been underpaying its staff the minimum hourly rate and had failed to pay annual leave or penalty rates for public holidays.

Mr Campbell says that given the employer co-operated with inspectors, voluntarily rectified the matter and put measures in place to ensure the contraventions are not repeated in future, there will be no further action against the company.

"We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with employers to educate them and help them amend any non-compliance issues identified," he said.

"Any employer uncertain about which Award applies to their staff and what the correct classifications and pay rates are should get in touch with us for free advice."

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools and user-friendly resources on its website at www.fairwork.gov.au to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay.

The ‘Industries’ section on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website provides information specifically tailored for employers and workers in the security, retail, cleaning, clerical, hair and beauty, horticulture fast food and hospitality industries.

Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays. An interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

Note: We are unable to provide additional information about the cases listed.

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