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Trolley-collection company faces Court

The former operator of a trolley-collection company is facing Court for allegedly providing false records to the Fair Work Ombudsman.
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Trolley-collection company faces Court

17 April 2016

The former operator of a trolley-collection company is facing Court for allegedly providing false records to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal proceedings against the operator who provided trolley collection services to three Woolworths supermarkets and a Big W site in NSW.

The Fair Work Ombudsman conducted a proactive audit of Civic National in 2014 as part of a National Inquiry aimed at ensuring trolley collectors are paid correctly.

The operator received a Notice to Produce employment documents relating to its employees.

However the allegedly provided records contained false information regarding number of employees, hours of work and amounts paid.

For example, it is alleged that the employment records showed an employee had performed paid work - yet he was overseas for the entire period he was supposedly at work.

The employment records provided also allegedly purported to show that tax had been deducted from a number of employees' wages, yet Australian Tax Office records showed that no tax was paid for these employees.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says a “decision was made to commence legal action because of the alleged deliberate nature and seriousness of the conduct.”

The operator faces penalties of up to $3400 per contravention of workplace laws, while the organisation faces penalties of up to $17,000 per contravention.

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