Sydney man Michael Girowal has been penalised $1890 and his company Green Clean (Aust) Pty Ltd has been penalised a further $9450 in the Federal Circuit Court, following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Girowal and his company received the penalties for failing to comply with a Compliance Notice issued by the Fair Work Ombudsman requiring them to rectify $2943 in underpayments of two employees.
Under the Fair Work Act, business operators must adhere to Compliance Notices or make a Court application for a review if they are seeking to challenge a Notice.
The two employees were Filipino workers who were in Australia on student visas.
The Fair Work Ombudsman said extensive efforts were made to resolve the matter outside of the Court but Girowal’s refusal to co-operate meant legal action was the only option.
Girowal back-paid the employees only after the Fair Work Ombudsman commenced litigation.
Source: FWO Media Release 2/11/2016
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