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A Victorian childcare centre has underpaid employees $140,000

UnderpaymentsAugust 19, 2014

A Victorian childcare centre has underpaid employees $140,000 (Last Updated On: August 19, 2014)

Over a two year period the operator of a childcare in Port Melbourne has been underpaying his staff. He failed to pay them in accordance to the frequency of payment provisions under the Children’s Services Award 2010 and he also did not pay accrued annual leave to terminated staff. Mr Coman operated a second childcare which has since closed down but there were also a number of staff there who did not receive their proper wage entitlements. The total amount being rightfully paid back to staff is over $140,000 to 114 staff members.

The Fair Work Ombudsman investigated the childcare operations after many complaints from current and former employees were made. Mr Coman was required by law to produce a written apology expressing his sincere regret in failing to adhere to workplace laws. He also must undergo workplace relations training and meet with an independent external consultant to review and report his business compliance. The Fair Work Ombudsman takes these cases extremely seriously and guarantees that businesses wrong doings are reproved.

Employers, especially of small to medium enterprises without HR departments, need to ensure that they are educated when it comes to obligations to the wages and entitlements of their staff, and following the correct workplace laws. Employsure can provide you with this education and support to ensure that your business is equipped to pay your staff correctly. Call us today on 1300 651 415 if you would like to ensure a fair workplace for all your staff.

*Information sourced via the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

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