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Gold Coast restaurant to fork out fines

Gold Coast restaurant to fork out fines (Last Updated On: January 29, 2015)

The owner of a restaurant on the sunny Gold Coast is $15,300 out of pocket this week after paying fines, which were issued due to the underpayment of a teenage apprentice. Meyjitte Boughenout operates Absynthe Restaurant, which was given many Compliance Notices from Fair Work inspectors, with no reasonable avail.

The ignored Compliance Notices detailed back-payments owed to an 18-year-old apprentice chef who was underpaid $4,195. By ignoring the notices, Boughenout “demonstrated a deliberate disregard for workplace laws. He had shown no contrition or remorse”. As a result, he was forced to pay associated court action costs, fines and back-payments to the staff member. All of these expenses are crippling to small Australian businesses.

When a business owner fails to respond to The Fair Work Ombudsman investigators or Compliance Notices, it leaves owners in a vulnerable situation. Expensive and avoidable court appearances, fines and penalties are what business owners pay if they inadequately ignore the Fair Work Act. Employment obligations are extensive in Australia and business owners are not alone when stifling through the minefield of employment relations.

If your business is not appropriately following the Fair Work Act, there are efficient solutions. If you are faced with investigators or fear that your current business operations are failing to meet workplace legislation, call Employsure on 1300 651 415.

Employsure is your answer to employment relations. We tailor and implement employment policies and procedures with immediate effect, so that your business is compliant. To find out how we can improve your current employment situation do not hesitate to give us a call.

*Information sourced via the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

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