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Airport Baggage Company In Court Accused Of Wage Theft

Airport baggage company in court accused of wage theft

An airport baggage service company is facing court action after allegedly underpaying a driver.

The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges the company failed to comply with a Compliance Notice.

The N0tice required the company to calculate the underpayments and then back-pay the worker.

Airport baggage company in court

Jetta Express Pty Ltd describes itself as “Australia’s leading national excess baggage service with over 25-years experience”.

It provides pickup and delivery services to and from airports for its customers at various locations around the country.

Fair Work commenced an investigation following a wage theft complaint from an employee.

The man worked as a full-time driver at Jetta Express’s Tullamarine site in Melbourne between September 2019 and May 2021.

After “forming a belief” that the company had underpaid the driver, Fair Work then issued Jetta Express with a Compliance Notice.

The Notice required the company to calculate the underpayments in addition to back-paying the worker in full.

The regulator alleges the company failed to do so, however.

Jetta Express Airport baggage company in court wage theft underpayments Fair Work Ombudsman Compliance Notices

Jetta Express Pty Ltd describes itself as “Australia’s leading national excess baggage service with over 25-years experience”.

Notices not optional

Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan criticised Far Work for using Compliance Notices instead of conducting their own investigations.

“The Compliance Notices require the employer to do all the work,” he said.

“If an inspector believes there has been an underpayment, they slap the employer with a Notice requiring them to do all the calculations. Talk about handballing the job you’re agency is funded to perform.”

Even so, Mr Heffernan advised employers not to ignore a Compliance Notice.

“Despite their questionable use, Compliance Notices are not optional, and should not be ignored,” he said.

“They offer a chance for an employer to rectify wage theft without facing penalties.

“Employers who ignore Compliance Notices will find themselves before the court and ordered to back-pay the worker, in addition to a financial penalty.”


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 Airport baggage company facing penalties

Meanwhile, Fair Work is seeking a penalty against Jetta Express Pty Ltd.

The company faces a maximum penalty of $33,300 for the alleged failure to comply with the Compliance Notice.

The regulator is also seeking an order for Jetta Express to comply with the Compliance Notice, by paying the outstanding annual leave entitlements, including interest.

The Federal Circuit and Family Court in Melbourne has a directions hearing listed on 25 May 2022.


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