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Muffin Break giving an underpaid staff member a break

UnderpaymentsOctober 14, 2014

Muffin Break giving an underpaid staff member a break (Last Updated On: October 14, 2014)

A 24 year old Chinese student has been working casually on a 572 visa at two Muffin Break franchisees. The student had not been taking many muffin breaks, instead worked many months on a flat rate of $10 an hour. Underpayments of $20,000 is owed to the student who was not paid the correct Restaurant Industry Award.

Muffin Break has taken their best foot forward and is commended by the Fair Work Ombudsman for “demonstrating a high degree of co-operation”. Muffin Break has agreed to pay the student in full and write a written apology. They also promise to ‘post a notice in the workplaces advising other employees of the contraventions, make a public commitment that the behaviour will not happen again, undertake workplace training and self-audit their employees’ wages for the next two years’. The Fair Work Ombudsman has agreed to an enforceable undertaking and has withdrawn any prosecution.

Enforceable undertakings can be awarded to any company, big or small. As long as the director or business owner acknowledges their wrongdoing and that ‘contravention has occurred’. The business also must promise to improve future behaviour.

If you would like to review your current modern award call Employsure today on 1300 651 415. If you are found to be paying your staff incorrectly you can also seek support from us. Managing staff and their wages can at times be a mean feat we can ensure that you put in place the correct processes to avoid claims and investigations from the Fair Work Ombudsman.

*Information sourced via The Smart Company Website.

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