Southern Cross Care Tasmania underpaid staff by at least $6M

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Southern Cross Care Tasmania is moving to pay back at least $6 million to current and former staff who were underpaid for overtime in the last six years.

In a statement on its website, the Not For Profit blamed the issue on “outdated payroll and rostering systems”, and said it has brought on KPMG to audit its data with the aim of beginning repayments early next year.

“Wage underpayments are unacceptable in any organisation and we are sorry it has happened here. Southern Cross Care Tasmania takes this issue very seriously and are dedicated to ensuring all our past and current employees are paid their correct overtime amounts.

“Once the report is received by KPMG we will immediately begin the remediation process and reach out to those individuals affected to ensure they are paid correctly, with interest,” the organisation said.

SCC Tasmania is not the only provider to run afoul of a wage underpayment scandal in the past few years, with Regis Healthcare recently admitting to underpaying $30-40 million, Australian Unity underpaying $4.25 million, and Wellways Australia $1.5 million.