A businessman with a history of misconduct and his former human resources manager have been penalised for what a Judge has labelled “appalling” and “objectionable” conduct affecting vulnerable workers.

The businessman – who formerly operated a recruitment and labour-hire company – has been penalised $14,960 for unlawfully deducting $130,000 from the wages of 102 Melbourne cleaners and falsifying pay records to hide the practice.

The human resources manager has been penalised almost $10,000 for his part in facilitating some of the unlawful deductions and the false records.  The penalties were imposed in the Federal Circuit Court as a result of legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

In other news…

According to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, almost one in 12 Australians with disability reported that they had experienced discrimination or unfair treatment because of their disability. The  figures were revealed in  the “Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings” survey data.

The survey findings showed that an employer was the source of discrimination for almost half of those aged 15 to 64 years with disability.

According to an article from ProBono News,the release of the ABS data followed evidence given in a Senate estimates committee hearing from the Australian Human Rights Commission, which found disability discrimination received the highest level of complaints across the board to the Commission.

Employers who are not aware of their obligations regarding employees or potential employees with a disability may wish to contact Workwise Advisory Services for assistance.

Join us on Friday the 18th November  for the who, what, when and where of workers’ compensation insurance, including practical claims management for WA employers.  As the regulation manager for the government agency responsible for managing Workers’ Compensation in WA, Karin Lee will help us all reach a better understanding of the facts surrounding the workers’ compensation and injury management scheme in our state.

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