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Reply #1 - 30. Apr 2014 at 16:52

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27 March 2014

The owner-operators of a security business in regional Queensland have been penalised a total of $67,040 for deliberately underpaying a security officer more than $40,000.

Rodney Lynn Harris - the owner-manager of Bundaberg-based security services business RPO Security - has been fined $12,640.

The Federal Circuit Court has imposed a further penalty of $54,500 against Harris’ private company, Bundaberg Security Pty Ltd.

Judge Michael Jarrett also ordered Harris and his company to fully rectify the worker’s outstanding entitlements.

The penalties and back-payment order follow legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The litigation followed a finding that a casual security officer at RPO Security was underpaid a total of $40,394 between 2007 and 2010.

The employee, aged in his 30s, performed duties including security patrols, escorting people to cars and taking cash to a bank safe.

He often worked three days a week and regularly worked night shifts for a flat rate of $900 a fortnight.

This resulted in underpayment of his minimum hourly rate, casual loadings, night shift allowance and penalty rates for Sunday, public holiday and overtime work.

Fair Work inspectors discovered the underpayments when they investigated a complaint lodged by the employee.

Contraventions of laws relating to the issue of pay slips were also identified.

Judge Jarrett said Harris and his company had been made aware of their obligations to pay correct wages.

He noted that they had been advised to undertake a review of compliance with workplace laws during previous investigations for the underpayment of wages to employees.

Harris and his company “must have consciously decided to continue contravening the relevant provisions” in relation to the affected employee.

“I accept that the conduct of the first respondent was deliberate,” Judge Jarrett said. “It appears to have been more than merely reckless.

“The penalties must bring home to these respondents that contravention of the industrial laws, particularly those of such a base nature as the present contraventions, are serious.”

Judge Jarrett found that the breaches represented a serious failure to afford an employee basic minimum entitlements over a significant period and there was a need for the penalty to be imposed to have a deterrent effect generally.

“Employers should be left in no doubt that the withholding of such basic entitlements from employees is not something tolerated by the community,” he said.

Judge Jarrett also found that there was a need to send a message to security industry employers specifically that “harsh penalties will apply if they contravene the workplace laws”.

 

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22 July 2013

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched legal action against the owner-operator of a security business in regional Queensland, alleging one of its security officers was underpaid more than $50,000.

Facing Court is Rodney Lynn Harris, the owner-manager of Bundaberg-based security services business, RPO Security.

Also facing Court is Mr Harris’s private company, Bundaberg Security Pty Ltd, through which he operates the business.

It is alleged Mr Harris, through Bundaberg Security, underpaid a casual employee at RPO Security a total of $51,733 between 2007 and 2010.

The employee was a security officer who performed duties including security patrols, escorting people to cars and taking cash to a bank safe. He often worked three days per week and regularly worked night shifts from 6pm to 6am.

It is alleged the underpayment is largely the result of the employee, aged in his 30s, being paid a flat rate of $900 per fortnight.

This allegedly resulted in underpayment of the employee’s minimum hourly rate, casual loadings, night shift allowance and penalty rates for Sunday, public holiday and overtime work.

Fair Work Inspectors discovered the alleged underpayments when they investigated a complaint lodged by the employee.

Laws relating to issuing pay slips were allegedly also breached.

Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, said the significant amount of money involved and the failure to rectify the alleged underpayment were significant factors in the decision to commence legal action.

Mr Harris was allegedly involved in Bundaberg Security Pty Ltd committing multiple breaches of workplace laws. Mr Harris faces penalties of up to $6,600 per breach and his company faces penalties of up to $33,000 per breach.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is also seeking a Court Order for back-payment. A directions hearing is listed in the Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane on July 22.

Employers and employees seeking assistance should visit www.fairwork.gov.au or contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is available by calling 13 14 50.
 

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