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News News Service stations charge employees for fuel drive-offs
An investigation by the state's Fair Employment Advocate has found that some petrol stations are charging workers for the fuel taken by motorists who leave without paying.

Calls from two employees concerned about deductions from their wages sparked the investigation which found the practice was occurring in five of 25 petrol stations chosen at random.

The advocate, Helen Creed, says the practice is unfair and illegal if the employee has not given written consent to their employer allowing them to deduct their wages.

Ms Creed says service station owners face fines of up to $2,000 for each offence.

"The problem seems to be that the franchisees are responsible for the employment practices and so I'm certainly asking the major companies to ensure that it's very clear in their agreements with their franchisees that this is not an acceptable practice," she said.

 
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