Errors With Leave Loading VS Penalty Payments for Staff at the Intensive Compliance Unit

04 October 2018

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been investigating the matter of incorrect leave loading payments for members employed at the Intensive Compliance Unit (ICU) for a considerable time. Initial enquires were made to the Department for Correctional Services (DCS), Shared Services SA (SSSA) and the Office for the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment (OCPSE) in June 2018.

It has been a long protracted process to get clarity and understanding of why payments are incorrect, when the problem arose, who is being impacted, what is being done to rectify the problem and when the matter will be resolved.

The PSA can now advise members that SSSA is in the process of updating the calculator used by the payroll team to complete leave loading vs penalty payments as stated in the Public Service (Recreation Leave Loading) Award (here). This is necessary to accommodate employees with 5 week’s leave accruals. Previously the calculator had only been applied to DCS employees eligible for 6 week’s leave.

An audit was conducted previously which resulted in all leave loading payments being manually calculated for ICU staff between July 2016 and November 2017 for any payments owing.

SSSA have now confirmed employees working within the ICU have not had their leave loading vs penalty calculated accurately from December 2017 to September 2018.

DCS has committed to communicating with affected staff regarding any associated back pay and time frames for payment once the process is finalised. SSSA are to confirm with the PSA by 3 October 2018 when the updated calculator has been implemented. SSSA have advised they are intending to resolve the matter in a timely manner.

The PSA encourages members to ensure you continue to monitor your payslips to ensure you are receiving the correct remuneration for all work undertaken.

Any member who has any questions is entitled to request an audit of their pay from SSSA.

The PSA is still awaiting clarity as to whether members were paid correctly prior to July 2016.