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Childcare Operator Fined $23,000 For Underpaying Educators

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The childcare operator of two Adelaide preschools at West Croydon and Newton has been fined $23,000 after failing to pay two workers full wages, leave and superannuation.

The fine given by the South Australian Employment Tribunal was more than four times the total combined underpayment of $4,863.

As well as failing to pay wages — the childcare operator will have to pay the two workers included penalties for failing to pay leave and failing to pay superannuation, failing to provide accurate payslips, and failing to accurately record wages and leave.

The childcare operator was also found to have made false promises, was uncooperative and continued recruiting despite owing money to current workers.

One of the preschools in West Croydon was put into liquidation in November 2019, after its approval as a childcare provider was cancelled by the federal Department of Education, Skills and Employment for breaches related to fees and the Child Care Subsidy.

The Newton centre closed in 2018.

Reference:
Adelaide Preschool Owner Who 'Exploited' Two Underpaid Workers Fined Four Times Money Owed, ABC NEWS, 27 May 2020

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