A Brisbane roofing company is facing court accused of failing to pay a worker’s entitlements.
The Fair Work Ombudsman also accuses the company of ignoring a Compliance Notice requiring it to back-pay the worker.
Brisbane roofing company in court
Facing the Federal Circuit and Family Court is Matthew Peers and his business ‘Matt’s Gutta & Roofing Restoration’ based in Loganlea.
Fair Work started investigating Peers’ company following a wage theft complaint from a worker.
The employee worked as a part-time administration assistant between July 2020 and June 2021.
The regulator alleges that Peers failed to pay the worker payment-in-lieu-of-notice and accrued but untaken annual leave entitlements.
An inspector issued Peers with a Compliance Notice as a result.
The Compliance Notice required Peers to calculate and back-pay the outstanding entitlements.
However, it is alleged he failed to do so.
Enforcement will continue
Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said the regulator will continue to enforce workplace laws and take businesses to court that fail to comply with Notices.
“Where employers do not comply, we will take appropriate action to protect employees. A court can order a business to pay penalties in addition to back-paying workers.”
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Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan warned employers not to ignore Compliance Notices.
“These Notices are not optional. In fact, they are a chance for employers to rectify wage theft without facing any financial penalty,” he said.
“If the court finds against Mr Peers, not only will he be ordered to back-pay what he owes, he will also be hit with additional penalties.”
Meanwhile, Fair Work is seeking penalties against Peers.
He faces a penalty of up to $6,660 for allegedly failing to comply with the Compliance Notice.
The regulator is also seeking a court order for Peers to calculate and rectify any underpayments in full, plus superannuation and interest.
The Federal Circuit and Family Court in Brisbane has a directions hearing is listed in on 28 April 2022.
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