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Monday 8th February 2021

Feb 8th 2021

Monday 8th February 2021

Workers compensation fraudster caught while working. 

A mechanic was last week convicted after an investigation found he had fraudulently obtained workers compensation payments. The worker was placed on a 24-month community corrections order with a condition to perform 225 hours of community work.

It was found that the man had been receiving injury support payments from June 2017 and until November 2019 while performing undeclared work driving taxis and as a ride-share driver.

An investigation showed the man had failed to inform doctors that he had returned to work and submitted false documentation declaring he had not earned any income.

WorkSafe's Insurance Business Unit Executive Director Roger Arnold said "The vast majority of injured workers want to do the right thing and return to work as soon as it is safe to, but there will always be a small minority who are tempted to cheat the system for their own benefit,"

During sentencing, the court ordered Faisal to repay the full amount he had fraudulently claimed.

More information can be found on the WorkSafe Vic website.

QLD Carpentry business fined $13,608. 

The operators of a contract carpentry business in Brisbane have received $13,608 in penalties after breaching the Fair Work Act by failing to comply with a Compliance Notice requiring them to back-pay leave entitlements owing to an apprentice carpenter.

Fair Work inspectors commenced an investigation into the building company after receiving a request for assistance from the underpaid apprentice.

Federal Circuit Court imposed an $11,340 penalty against the building company and a $2268 penalty against the company's sole director.

The apprentice carpenter was fully back-paid the $1500 owing to him within six months of the legal action commencing.

Fair Work Ombudsmand Sandra Parker said business operators that fail to act on Compliance Notices face court-imposed penalties in addition to having to back-pay underpaid staff.

"Any employees with concerns about their pay or entitlements should contact us for free advice and assistance."

Employers and employees seeking assistance can visit Fair Work or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

Further information on the Fair Work website.

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