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UnderpaymentsMay 21, 2015
A security company in the popular tourist spot Airlie Beach is facing fines for underpaying four staff members. The security guards worked for a Koongal man, Douglas Charles Kidd, who failed to meet his obligations under the Fair Work Act.
Mr. Kidd underpaid his staff and failed to keep records of payslips. When these staff members complained to the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), an investigation of the security company commenced. The FWO found that Mr. Kidd underpaid his staff collectively around $10,000. The business owner not only has to back pay his staff, but also faces fines of up to $90,000.
The financial severity of breaching the Fair Work Act for a small business is crippling. Small business owners in particular need to ensure that they impose the correct procedures and employment policies before hiring staff so that these back payments and fines are avoided.
Mr. Kidd was issued two compliance notices from the Fair Work Ombudsman however he ignored them. If you are a business owner and you receive a compliance notice as a result of a staff member who has requested support from the FWO, Employsure can provide you with the assistance to sort out your employment procedures.
If you are unsure if you currently have the correct procedures in place, take the right step forward to protect your business, call Employsure today on 1300 651 415.