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Unfair DismissalNovember 25, 2014
A Melbourne hairdresser has been awarded $6,050 in compensation after she was unfairly dismissed from Raimondi Hair and Day Spa at Eltham. The Fair Work Commission this week is taking legal action against her employer, Maria Raimondi, for allegedly ignoring an order to compensate the employee.
It was earlier this year that The Fair Work Commission ordered Ms Raimondi’s company to pay compensation to the hairdresser. Ms Raimondi however did not pay the hairdresser within the requested 14 days after she was found guilty of unfairly dismissing her employee. This resulted in a further investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Despite repeated requests for the business owner to produce the compensation, Ms Raimondi did not resolve the matter.
Her business will now face legal proceedings in consequence of not complying with The Fair Work Commission orders. The maximum penalty for not co-operating with the Fair Work Commission is $51,000 and on top of that Ms Raimondi could personally be fined up to $10,200.
Being an employer and being in the wrong is disheartening especially for small businesses owners whose ongoing focus is business development and revenue streams. Employers can slip up and if they disregard their employment obligations this is where the trouble really begins.
Employers need to ensure that the welfare of their business is supported, fines of this amount can cripple a small business. Employsure supports all small business owners in developing and implementing the correct employment procedures to suit each business. We can look after the confusing and demanding part of employment relations and let you focus on other facets of your business.
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*Information sourced via the Fair Work Ombudsman website.