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Brisbane Earth Moving And Quarry Company Penalised For Ripping Off Worker

Brisbane earth moving and quarry company penalised for ripping off worker

A Brisbane earth moving and quarry company has been penalised for ripping off a construction worker over three years.

The company also failed to comply with a Compliance Notice requiring it to back-pay entitlements to the worker. 

Brisbane earth moving and quarry company penalised

The Federal Circuit and Family Court imposed a $8,991 penalty against Rockhammer Earthmoving Pty Ltd in Wooloongabba.

The company provides earthmoving services as well as quarry products such as gravel, rock, sand and mulch.

In addition to the penalty, the Court ordered Rockhammer Earthmoving to back-pay the worker $25,137.

The company has subsequently complied with the Court order.

The Fair Work Ombudsman investigated after receiving a wage theft complaint from the affected worker.

An inspector issued the Compliance Notice to the company in May 2021 in response to the worker being underpaid minimum wages, casual loading and overtime rates.

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Expensive failure

Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan said ignoring Compliance Notices is an expensive mistake for employers to make.

“These notices are a chance to rectify any underpayments without financial penalty,” he said.

“Employers who ignore them will not only have to back-pay what they owe, they will also face court-ordered penalties.”

Mr Heffernan advised anyone who is not being pad their proper wages and entitlements to contact as soon as possible.

Building and construction sector a priority

Meanwhile, Fair Work Ombudsman Anna Booth said improving compliance in the building and construction is a priority for the regulator.

“When Compliance Notices are not followed, we are prepared to take legal action to ensure workers receive all their lawful entitlements,” Ms Booth said.

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