The Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of NSW (ParaQuad) has admitted to the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) that it contravened the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) by incorrectly applying a number of clauses of The Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of NSW Collective Agreement 2009-2012 and various awards to its employees. This resulted in underpayments to some employees between 1 July 2014 and 6 November 2020.
Upon the identification of underpayments, ParaQuad engaged external advisors to conduct a review of its compliance with the relevant industrial instruments. This included calculating and rectifying any underpayments to current and former employees including interest and superannuation. ParaQuad has also since reviewed and changed its payroll and human resources systems to ensure future compliance.
ParaQuad has now entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with the FWO to ensure its ongoing compliance with Commonwealth workplace laws.
ParaQuad will, as a result of the Enforceable Undertaking, undertake a number of activities to ensure its ongoing compliance including committing to two Independent Audits of its compliance with relevant industrial instruments and workplace laws.
ParaQuad expresses its sincerest regrets and apologises for these contraventions.
David Clarke – CEO