A Brisbane electrical services business is in court for allegedly failing to pay three electricians their lawful entitlements.
The Fair Work Ombudsman also alleges the company ignored a Compliance Notice requiring it to back-pay the workers.
Brisbane electrical services business in court
Facing the Federal Circuit Court are Sphere 38 (BNE) Pty Ltd based at Newstead and company director Gregory Johnston.
Fair Work commenced an investigation following complaints from the workers.
An inspector accused Johnston of failing to pay the three full-time electricians their untaken annual leave entitlements upon finishing their employment.
As a result, the inspector issued a Compliance Notice in April requiring Johnston and his business to calculate and pay the workers what they are owed.
However, Fair Work alleges Johnston and his company, without reasonable excuse, failed to comply with the Compliance Notice.
It subsequently commenced legal proceedings.
Fair Work continuing to enforce workplace laws
Despite the on-going pandemic, Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker warned her agency is continuing to enforce workplace laws.
“Where employers do not comply with our requests, we will take appropriate action to protect employees.
“A court can order the business to pay penalties in addition to back-paying workers.”
Fair Work is seeking a penalty against Sphere 38 and Johnston as a result of the alleged wage theft.
The regulator is also seeking court orders for the company to comply with the Compliance Notice.
This includes back-paying the outstanding amounts in full, in addition to superannuation and interest on the underpayments.
Sphere 38 is facing a maximum penalty of $31,500 while Johnston is facing a maximum penalty of $6,300.
The Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane has a directions hearing listed on 30 September 2020.
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