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Accountants among short-changed workers in FWO sting

Katarina Taurian
Katarina Taurian
06 April 2018 1 minute readShare
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Two Sydney accountants have been back-paid thousands after a compliance swoop from the Fair Work Ombudsman in NSW found multiple breaches of workplace relations rules.

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) recovered $62,979 in unpaid wages and entitlements for five workers in Sydney, as part of its ongoing surveillance activity of bookkeeping and record-keeping practices.

Two accountants were paid out as part of the swoop, including one financial accountant and another in-house accountant, who were back-paid $6,088 and $13,316 respectively.

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The financial accountant, who worked for a solar power panel installation business in Forest Lodge, didn’t receive their redundancy payments, and their entitled two weeks’ payment in lieu of notice.

The in-house accountant, who was employed by a removalist company in Marrickville, accumulated a large number of unpaid entitlements, including those related to leave and termination.

 

Outside the accountants’ cases, the FWO also recovered funds for a restaurant worker, a nurse and a project manager.

“These cases reinforce the importance of employers making sure they are fully informed about the correct pay and entitlements that apply to their workers – or risk being hit with a hefty back-payment bill down the track,” said Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Kristen Hannah.

Dodgy payroll and internal compliance procedures are among the leading causes of underpayment and employee exploitation in Australia.

 

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Accountants among short-changed workers in FWO sting
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Katarina Taurian
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Adam Zuchetti is the former editor of MyBusiness and a senior freelance media professional, specialising in the fields of business, personal finance and property. In 2020, he also embarked on his own business journey – inspired in part by the entrepreneurs and founders he had met through his journalistic work – with the launch of customised pet gifting and subscription service Paws N’ All.

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