The Fair Work Ombudsman obtained court orders for a fine of $3,780, plus more than $2,000 in back wages, against a former operator of a Melbourne electrical utility company.
The Federal Circuit and Family Court issued the orders against Mr. Luke Warren, the sole director of Rowville-based Pro Install Electrical Pty Ltd (in liquidation).
The penalty was imposed after Mr Warren admitted he was involved in the company’s breach of the Fair Work Act due to his failure to calculate the rights owed to two former employees and repay any under -payment.
In addition to the penalty, Mr. Warren was ordered to rectify the $2,037, including interest, owed to the two former workers.
Fair Work ombudsman Sandra Parker said business operators who fail to act on compliance notices should be aware that they may face court-imposed penalties in addition to having to pay workers back .
“When compliance notices are not followed, we are prepared to take legal action to ensure that workers receive their legitimate rights,” Ms Parker said.
“Any employees with concerns about their pay or rights should contact us for free advice and assistance.”
The regulator investigated after receiving requests for assistance from former employees, including the two workers who had been hired as reception and administration assistant and accounts payable and receivable officer respectively.
A Fair Work inspector issued a notice of compliance to the company in May 2020 after believing it failed to pay the two employees, after their employment ended, the unpaid wages owed under the Clerks Award – Private Sector Award 2010.
One of the workers was hired by the company between July 2019 and January 2020, and the other for a week in February 2020.
Mr Warren’s company, Pro Install Electrical Pty Ltd, was liquidated after the Fair Work Ombudsman initiated proceedings.