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Ballarat Cleaner off to Court for alleged underpayment

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The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against a Ballarat cleaning business.

Kerryn Ainley, who trades as the Cleaning Fairy, faces court for allegedly failing to act on a Compliance Notice issued in November.

An inspector became involved after four cleaners approached the FWO, and the Ombudsman says its alleged that employees had not received the casual loading provided by the Cleaning Services Award 2010.

The notice required the business to check whether casual staff had been paid correctly and make up any shortfall.

As a sole trader Ms Ainley faces a penalty of up to $6,300 for failing to take any action.

The FWO is also seeking a Court Order requiring Ms Ainley to comply with the notice, which includes rectifying the underpayments in full, plus superannuation and interest.