Security Company Faces Court For Allegedly Underpaying Guards $135,000

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Media Release

   3 Feb 2010

Security company faces court for allegedly

underpaying Sydney guards $135,000

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a prosecution against a NSW security

company for allegedly underpaying 11 guards in Sydney more $135,000.

One of the guards was allegedly underpaid more than $25,000.

Facing court is Reflections Security Pty Ltd, which has an office in Castle Hill.

Documents lodged in the Federal Magistrates Court in Sydney claim the company

underpaid the workers between 2006 and 2009.

The security guards were allegedly underpaid annual leave entitlements,

allowances, the minimum hourly rate and penalty rates for weekend, overtime

and public holiday work.

Reflections Security also allegedly failed to pay compensation to three of the

guards after their workplace agreements failed the Fairness test.

Inspectors found the alleged underpayments when they investigated complaints

by workers last year.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the decision to

prosecute was made because of the significant amount involved and the

company’s failure to rectify the matter.

The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges the company committed several breaches of

workplace laws.

The Agency is seeking penalties against the company and a Court Order for the

company to back-pay the guards the money allegedly owed.

The maximum potential penalty per breach is $33,000. The case is listed for a

directions hearing on February 11.

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 For translations call 13 14 50.

Media inquiries: Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations.

0419 818 484.

Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser Media & Stakeholder Relations. (03) 9954

2561, 0434 365 924.

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