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1  General Category / General Board / Victoria Police - Putting an end to dodgy security training
 on: Today at 08:05 
Started by Warlord | Post by Warlord  
From: https://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/cops-and-bloggers/blogs/putting-an-end-to-dodgy...

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Private security workers are supposed to be given 128 hours training – but Victoria Police’s Licencing and Regulation Division recently uncovered a Harkaway man whose business was instead accepting exorbitant fees in exchange for two-day “fast tracked” courses.

Rather than subjecting its students to rigorous exams, the company would simply hand around answer sheets to copy from.

Police were tipped off to the dodgy arrangements and charged the business owner with a raft of offences following a thorough investigation.

On Monday [11 September], a 59-year-old Harkaway man who ran a private security training company pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to two counts of failing to comply with his licencing conditions and another offence under the Private Security Act.

He was convicted and fined $6000.

Victoria Police work closely with our private security partners who help us keep Victorians safe and secure.

That’s why it is a priority for police to ensure that every person working in the private security industry is appropriately trained and licensed.

Part of this work includes ensuring dodgy operators are charged and put before the courts.

The Licencing and Regulation Division, which is responsible for assessing applications on behalf of the Chief Commissioner, refused over 260 applications from people who received qualifications from the Harkaway man’s company during the period in question.





2  Queensland / QLD Security Contractors N to Z / Re: Owen Jennings
 on: 20. Aug 2017 at 12:18 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
https://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media-releases/2016-media-releases...

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A federal judge has imposed record penalties and a precedent-setting Court Order for a businessman to personally back-pay employees following a case involving the "calculated and deliberate" underpayment of security guards on the Gold Coast.

The penalties, totalling more than $308,000, are the highest achieved by the Fair Work Ombudsman in Queensland.

Businessman Owen Ivor Jennings has been penalised $51,400 and his company Step Ahead Security Services Pty Ltd has been penalised a further $257,000.

The Fair Work Ombudsman initiated legal proceedings against Jennings and his company for underpaying eight security guards a total of $22,779 over just three months in 2014.

Handing down his decision on Friday, Federal Circuit Court Judge Michael Jarrett issued an Order for Jennings to back-pay the money.

Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Mark Scully says that in situations where individual business owners and directors are directly responsible for underpaying employees, the Agency will seek Court Orders against them.

"Unfortunately, there are some rogue business operators who think they can short-change their staff and get away with it by liquidating their companies and hiding behind a corporate veil … so they should think again, as we will seek to hold them to account at every available opportunity," Mr Scully said.

"We are committed to building a culture of compliance with workplace laws in Australia and creating a level playing field for employers who are doing the right thing and meeting their workplace obligations."

The Fair Work Ombudsman sought an Order for Jennings to be personally liable for the outstanding employee entitlements after presenting evidence that a back-pay Order against Step Ahead Security Services could not be enforced because the company has been wound-up.

The Agency also revealed that previous investigations into underpayment allegations against one of Jennings’ former security companies were thwarted when the company was deregistered.

Jennings is a consultant to a new company, Tweed Coast Security Pty Ltd.

Judge Jarrett noted that Jennings was "the sole director of two previous companies offering security services that were each wound up, the second one in circumstances where there were complaints of outstanding remuneration owed to employed security guards that were not pursued following the employer's deregistration."

He also noted that Jennings was now operating a fourth security company out of the same premises previously used by Step Ahead Security Services.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has referred the matter to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).


3  New South Wales / NSW Security Contractors N to Z / Tweed Coast Security Pty Ltd.
 on: 20. Aug 2017 at 12:16 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
https://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media-releases/2016-media-releases...

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A federal judge has imposed record penalties and a precedent-setting Court Order for a businessman to personally back-pay employees following a case involving the "calculated and deliberate" underpayment of security guards on the Gold Coast.

The penalties, totalling more than $308,000, are the highest achieved by the Fair Work Ombudsman in Queensland.

Businessman Owen Ivor Jennings has been penalised $51,400 and his company Step Ahead Security Services Pty Ltd has been penalised a further $257,000.

The Fair Work Ombudsman initiated legal proceedings against Jennings and his company for underpaying eight security guards a total of $22,779 over just three months in 2014.

Handing down his decision on Friday, Federal Circuit Court Judge Michael Jarrett issued an Order for Jennings to back-pay the money.

Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Mark Scully says that in situations where individual business owners and directors are directly responsible for underpaying employees, the Agency will seek Court Orders against them.

"Unfortunately, there are some rogue business operators who think they can short-change their staff and get away with it by liquidating their companies and hiding behind a corporate veil … so they should think again, as we will seek to hold them to account at every available opportunity," Mr Scully said.

"We are committed to building a culture of compliance with workplace laws in Australia and creating a level playing field for employers who are doing the right thing and meeting their workplace obligations."

The Fair Work Ombudsman sought an Order for Jennings to be personally liable for the outstanding employee entitlements after presenting evidence that a back-pay Order against Step Ahead Security Services could not be enforced because the company has been wound-up.

The Agency also revealed that previous investigations into underpayment allegations against one of Jennings’ former security companies were thwarted when the company was deregistered.

Jennings is a consultant to a new company, Tweed Coast Security Pty Ltd.

Judge Jarrett noted that Jennings was "the sole director of two previous companies offering security services that were each wound up, the second one in circumstances where there were complaints of outstanding remuneration owed to employed security guards that were not pursued following the employer's deregistration."

He also noted that Jennings was now operating a fourth security company out of the same premises previously used by Step Ahead Security Services.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has referred the matter to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).




4  Queensland / QLD Security Contractors N to Z / Owen Jennings
 on: 20. Aug 2017 at 12:09 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
https://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media-releases/2016-media-releases...

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Owen Jennings, the former director of now wound-up Gold Coast security operation Step Ahead Security Services, also faces a hefty personal penalty of $51,400 and wears the full brunt of yet another big win in the courts by the Fair Work Ombudsman in the past week.

The security company director, in addition to his penalty, has been made personally liable to back-pay eight employees almost $23,000.

That matter, with total combined penalties of $308,400, briefly held the title of the highest Fair Work Ombudsman penalty in Queensland but of even greater significance is the precedent set by the decision to make the director liable to back-pay wages.

It opens the door for the Fair Work Ombudsman to seek orders against any accessory in the labour supply chain – directors, contractors, franchisees and human resources managers included.

5  New South Wales / NSW Security Contractors A to M / Melnor Security Services Pty Ltd
 on: 20. Aug 2017 at 12:05 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
https://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/news-media-releases/2016-media-releases/aug...

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Ten security guards at last year’s Country Music Festival at Tamworth were underpaid almost $6000, an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman has revealed.

Ten casual workers employed by Melnor Security Services Pty Ltd were paid flat rates of $26 to $28 an hour over the course of the festival, which was not enough to meet their minimum entitlements under the Security Services Industry Award.

Depending on whether they were Level 1 or Level 2 employees, they should have been paid penalty rates of up to $43.85 an hour for night, weekend and overtime work they performed.

Minimum engagement period entitlements were also underpaid. The largest individual underpayment was $1252.

Melnor Security Services was contracted by the Tamworth City Council to provide crowd control security services at the January, 2015 festival. The festival attracts about 50,000 visitors a day, with over 700 artists featured in 2800 scheduled events across 80 venues.

Melnor Security Services provides a range of security-related services to businesses in NSW, including event security, mobile patrols, asset protection, risk management and cash transit.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the underpayments were discovered when inspectors audited the security company as part of a Local Government Procurement Inquiry.

“The Agency is working with the Australian Security Industry Association and United Voice to strengthen the procurement practices of local councils, starting with security services,” Ms James says.

The Fair Work Ombudsman commenced its Inquiry in June last year to pro-actively identify unlawful practices among those companies providing security services to local councils.

“The Inquiry is testing whether there are any links between poor governance in the supply chain and non-compliance with workplace laws,” Ms James said.

Melnor Security Services co-operated with the Fair Work Ombudsman’s investigation and promptly reimbursed the security guards all money owed.

The company has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with the Fair Work Ombudsman aimed at encouraging behavioural change and future compliance.

Ms James says that under the EU, the company will commission retrospective and future audits of its payment practices and rectify any underpayments identified.

The company has also agreed to apologise to the underpaid workers, commission workplace relations training for managers, register with the Fair Work Ombudsman’s My Account portal and develop systems for ensuring compliance with workplace laws.

“Organisations engaging low-cost security contractors need to ask questions to ensure the low costs are the result of efficient business practices and not employee underpayments,” Ms James said.

6  New South Wales / NSW Security Contractors N to Z / Unimet Security Pty Ltd
 on: 20. Aug 2017 at 11:57 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
https://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media-releases/2017-media-releases...

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The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured almost $30,000 for five underpaid employees of a NSW-based security services company.

The five security guards were underpaid a total of $29,690 when they were employed by Unimet Security Pty Ltd, which provides security services at a variety of different sites.

The Fair Work Ombudsman investigated after receiving requests for assistance from two guards.

The guards were paid flat rates of $20 to $22 an hour, which were insufficient to cover their minimum entitlements under the Security Services Industry Award.

As casual employees, they were entitled to a minimum Award hourly rate of $24.28 for ordinary hours, a night rate of $28.49, weekend rates of up to $43.70 and up to $53.41 on public holidays.

The largest underpayments were $12,086 for a guard who worked at the Stockland Shellharbour Shopping Centre and $6454 for a guard who was placed by Unimet at a Centrelink site at Corrimal in Wollongong.

Unimet co-operated with the Fair Work Ombudsman, including conducting a self-audit to help identify the full extent of underpayments and promptly back-paying workers in full.

The company has also entered into an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with the Fair Work Ombudsman aimed at encouraging behavioural change and future compliance.

Under the EU, the company has agreed to donate $1000 to the Mt Druitt & Area Community Legal Centre in Western Sydney and to commission external professional audits of its compliance with workplace laws over the next three years and promptly rectify any underpayments discovered.

The company will also terminate its contract with any contractor it finds has breached workplace laws; apologise to the underpaid workers; display workplace notices detailing its contraventions; and register with the Fair Work Ombudsman’s My Account portal.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the case illustrates the dangers of paying flat rates of pay, without reference to the applicable Award.

“Improving compliance in the security industry continues to be a focus for us and employers in this sector need to realise it is unlawful to pay flat rates that undercut award entitlements, even if employees say they agree to it,” Ms James said.

7  Victoria / VIC Security Contractors N to Z / Re: Taylorm Security
 on: 31. Jul 2017 at 04:47 
Started by dreadman | Post by Bullzi42  
http://australia.businessesforsale.com/australian/melbourne-security-company-for...

Perfect. Like buying a ticket into gangland melbourne by the sounds of it...

8  General Category / General Board / Re: New security firm needing advice from the pros
 on: 22. Jul 2017 at 19:59 
Started by Maxwell | Post by allen  
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9  General Category / General Board / Re: Conduct outside of work hours can impact employment
 on: 22. Jul 2017 at 19:59 
Started by Administrator | Post by allen  
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10  General Category / General Board / Re: Sham Contracting at its Worst - Appco Group Australia
 on: 22. Jul 2017 at 19:58 
Started by Administrator | Post by allen  
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