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You can’t ignore your employer obligations

You can’t ignore your employer obligations (Last Updated On: August 3, 2015)

A Mobizone Pty Ltd retailer base in Glenelg, South Australia, has been penalised $5,000 after refusing to pay a $550 on the spot fine issued by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Fair Work inspectors audited Mobizone last year as they are known employers of skilled workers holding a 457 visa. An infringement notice was issued for an alleged breach of workplace law after they found that Mobizone only issued pay-slips to an Indian telecommunications technician on a 457 visa infrequently, and only when he asked for them. Under the Fair Work Act, employers must issue employees with payslips within one day of them being paid.

Natalie James of the Fair Work Ombudsman says that the agency made numerous requests to Mobizone to pay the on the spot fine, but they continually refused.  In response, the Industrial Relations Court has handed down a $3,500 penalty against Mobizone and issued a further $1,500 fine against its business manager and part-owner, Raymond Kebbe.

This is the first time the Fair Work Ombudsman has secured court penalties solely due to pay-slip breaches after an on the spot fine was not paid. Natalie James says the court’s ruling shows employers who ignore the Fair Work Ombudsman “won’t make us go away’’.

“We place a high importance on enforcing compliance with payslip obligations, because when employees don’t receive them, it undermines their ability to understand how their wages have been calculated and to check they’ve received their minimum lawful entitlements.”

If you would like to discuss your obligations as an employer call Employsure today on 1300 651 415. We can advise on all aspects of workplace policies and procedures to ensure that you and your business are compliant.

Sourced via the Fair Work Ombudsman Website

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