Fines mount as watchdog catches employers out

by 08 Sep 2009

The fair work watchdog is calling on employees to exercise their rights and ensure they haven’t been underpaid by employers.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has successfully recovered about $70 million for around 54,000 Australians who have been short-changed at work.

A fine of $35,640 is the latest in a string of recoveries made by the ombudsman, when two Victorian companies and a company director had to pay up for deliberately underpaying a Ballarat security guard.

Specialist Security Management Pty Ltd and Specialist Australian Security Group Pty Ltd, of Alphington, were jointly fined $29,700.

The sole director of both companies – Peter Alan Kilfoyle, of Mount Pleasant – was also fined $5940.

And the ombudsman body has no intentions of relaxing investigations into unfair pay and discrimination in the work place as the agency promises employers that it will “go the extra mile” to build fair work.

“We are very serious about our job of building knowledge and fairer workplaces,” said Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson.

“While we will obviously start with voluntary resolution, we will go to any length to bring about compliance if that alternative does not bring results.”

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