A Brisbane contract carpentry business is facing court action over allegations it failed to pay leave entitlements to an apprentice.
The action is part of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s blitz against employers who fail to comply with Compliance Notices.
Brisbane contract carpentry business allegedly ripped off apprentice
Althaus Homes Pty Ltd, and its sole director, Ronald Alexander Althaus are facing the Federal Circuit Court.
Fair Work alleges Althaus Homes and Althaus failed to comply with a Compliance Notice.
The Notice required Althaus to calculate and back-pay leave entitlements owed to the former full-time apprentice carpenter.
The employer allegedly failed to pay accrued annual leave in addition to four days of owed sick leave.
Fair Work inspectors commenced an investigation after the apprentice made a complaint.
As a result, they issued Althaus Homes with the Compliance Notice, which Althaus allegedly failed to comply with.
Compliance Notices not optional
Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from IR Claims says Compliance Notices are not optional.
“If the regulator gives you a chance to rectify underpayments, you should take it,” he said.
“Otherwise you will find yourself before the courts and facing hefty penalties, just like this employer.”
Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker says the regulator will enforce workplace laws, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Where employers do not comply with these notices, we will take appropriate action to protect employees.
“A court can then order them to pay penalties in addition to back-paying workers.”
As a result of the alleged breaches of workplace laws, Fair Work is seeking penalties against Althaus Homes.
Consequently, the company faces a maximum penalty of $31,500.
Additionally, Ronald Althaus, faces a maximum penalty of $6,300.
Furthermore, Fair Work is seeking an order requiring the business to rectify the underpayments in full, plus superannuation and interest.
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