Coast Business Faces $24k Worth Of Fines

Allegedly Underpaid Two Workers $3k.


30 July 2018

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A Gosford cleaning business operator's being taken to Federal Court, after allegedly failing to comply with a notice to back-pay two workers almost $3200.

Scott Redmond of Cleaning Excellence is accused of underpaying the duo's minimum hourly rates, casual loading and night shift entitlements between 2015 and 2017, under the Cleaning Services Award 2010.

The Fair Work Ombudsman says it issued Mr Redmond with a compliance notice to back-pay the workers in April this year, and he still hasn't done so or provided a valid reason for not doing so.

The watchdog's now seeking more than $24,000 worth of fines - $12,600 for a Notices to Produce breach, up to $6,300 for a Compliance Notice breach and $5,400 for a pay slip breach. 

The case is set to kick off in Sydney on August 17.

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said that the inspectors made extensive efforts to resolve the matter with Mr Redmond before taking the matter to Court.

“The Fair Work Ombudsman enforces compliance with notices to assist affected workers and protect the integrity of workplace relations laws. We will initiate court action against business operators who fail to comply with our notices,” Ms Parker said.

“We encourage cleaning companies to join the Cleaning Accountability Framework. This industry-led initiative promotes the adoption of best practice throughout the cleaning supply chain to improve labour and cleaning standards in Australia.”

Employers and employees seeking assistance can visit www.fairwork.gov.au or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. Small business callers can opt to receive priority service via the Small Business Helpline and an interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

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