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Construction Company Facing Court For Allegedly Underpaying Labourer

Construction company facing court for allegedly underpaying labourer

A construction company is facing court for allegedly underpaying a labourer.

The Fair Work Ombudsman also alleges the company ignored a Compliance Notice requiring it to back-pay the worker.

Construction company facing court

Facing court is MDP Labour Pty Ltd, based in Wyong in NSW, which provides services such as laying pipes and earthmoving.

Fair Work commenced an investigation following a complaint from the worker.

An inspector believed the company underpaid the 21 year-old employee his public holiday pay and annual leave entitlements.

As a result, the inspector issued MDP Labour with a Compliance Notice in May 2020 requiring it to calculate and back-pay the worker.

However, the regulator alleges, without reasonable excuse, the company failed to comply with the Notice.

No excuse

Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from said there is no excuse for wage theft.

“Businesses that cannot afford to pay proper wages and entitlements should not be in business,” he said.

“While this matter is to be determined by the court, we believe there is an urgent need for criminal penalties for wage theft to deter greedy bosses from ripping off their workers.”

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Fair Work defends Compliance Notices

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said her agency will continue to enforce workplace laws and take businesses to court, despite the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“Under the Fair Work Act, Compliance Notices are important tools used by inspectors if they form a belief that an employer has breached workplace laws.

“A court can order the business to pay penalties in addition to back-paying workers.”

Construction company facing court-ordered penalties

Meanwhile, Fair Work is seeking penalties against MDP Labour.

The regulator is also seeking a court order for the company to rectify the underpayments in full, plus superannuation and interest.

The company faces a maximum penalty of $31,500.

The Federal Circuit Court in Sydney has a directions hearing listed on 2 February 2021.

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