A dental clinic has been penalised $16,500 for failing to pay entitlements to two former workers.
In addition to the penalty, the clinic must also rectify the wage theft by calculating and back-paying what they owe.
Dental clinic fails to pay entitlements
Seaford Dental Clinic in Seaford in south-east Melbourne employed both workers.
One worked as a dental prosthetist, while the other worked as a dental technician.
The Fair Work Ombudsman commenced an investigation following wage theft complaints from the workers.
Inspectors believed the dental prosthetist did not receive weekday casual loading entitlements during their employment at the clinic between February 2019 and January 2020.
Furthermore, inspectors believed the clinic failed to pay the dental technician accrued annual leave and leave loading entitlements when their employment ended.
As a result, inspectors issued the clinic with a Compliance Notice, requiring it to calculate and back-pay the outstanding amounts.
However, it failed to do so.
Ignoring Compliance Notices is costly
Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from IR Claims says ignoring Compliance Notices is a costly mistake.
“Compliance Notices are a chance to rectify underpayments without facing any penalty,” he said.
“Ignoring them will result in penalties on top of what you already owe, which is exactly what happened in this case.”
Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker also warned employers not to ignore Compliance Notices.
“We make every effort to secure voluntary compliance with Compliance Notices but where they are not followed, we are prepared to take legal action to ensure workers receive all their lawful entitlements,” she said.
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