Wollongbar Couple Face Court Over $75,000 Underpayments

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Media Release

    2 Dec 2009

Wollongbar couple to face court for allegedly

underpaying workers almost $75,000 

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a prosecution against the operators of a

NSW security company over their alleged involvement in underpaying 22 workers

almost $75,000.

Facing court is Damien Peter Love, the sole director of Drymist Holdings Pty Ltd,

and his wife Tammy Leigh Love, a part-owner of the Wollongbar-based company.

Drymist Holdings was placed into liquidation in August this year, which prevents

the Fair Work Ombudsman from prosecuting the company.

Documents lodged in the Federal Magistrates Court in Sydney allege Mr and Mrs

Love were involved in Drymist Holdings Pty Ltd underpaying 22 casual security

officers a total of $74,389.

It is alleged that for various periods of time in 2007 and 2008 the security officers

were paid according to rates stipulated in Australian Workplace Agreements

(AWAs) lodged with the Workplace Authority.

The Workplace Authority found that the AWAs failed to pass the ‘fairness test’.

The Workplace Authority ordered Drymist Holdings to compensate the security

officers for the entitlements they were underpaid but it is alleged that the

company repeatedly failed to do so.

The biggest alleged underpayment of an individual worker is $10,355.

Fair Work Ombudsman NSW Director Mark Davidson says the decision to

prosecute Mr and Mrs Love was made because of the significant amounts involved

and their failure to rectify them.

The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges Mr and Mrs Love committed multiple

contraventions of workplace laws. They each face a maximum potential penalty of

$6600 per breach.

The case is listed for mention on December 17.

The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes harmonious, productive and co-operative

workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national

workplace laws.

Employers or employees seeking assistance should contact the Fair Work Infoline

on 13 13 94 or visit www.fwo.gov.au For translations call 13 14 50.

Media queries: Craig Bildstien, 0419 818 484, craig.bildstien@fwo.gov.au

Ryan Pedler, (03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924. ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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