APA (NSW) Member Update
Recovery of Overpayments by Payroll
Thursday 3 November 2016
It has come to our attention that HealthShare Payroll Westmead is sending around letters to employees who have been overpaid indicating that automatic pay deductions will commence if amount owing is not received by deadline set by payroll. HealthShare NSW claims that this is “per award conditions” which is incorrect.
APA (NSW) wishes to make it clear to our members that whilst employees have an obligation to pay back overpayments, payroll cannot start deducting monies from your pay without your authorisation. In order for them to recover monies owed, payroll are required to enter into some form of payment agreement with you. They cannot automatically start deducting amounts from your pay. To do so, is not only against the Award, but would also be an unlawful deduction.
We have raised this issue with NSWA who agree with our concerns and are currently consulting with payroll.
APA (NSW) encourages members who have received such letters and been subject to forced deductions without their consent to contact the APA (NSW) for immediate assistance.
APA (NSW) Executive
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