MOBIZONE SLUGGED WITH FINE IN COURT
4 August 2015,
AN Adelaide phone repair company's attempt to ignore the Fair Work Ombudsman has resulted in a $550 fine turning into $5000.
The Industrial Relations Court of South Australia penalised Mobizone Pty Ltd after it refused to pay the initial fine for allegedly breaching workplace law.
The company must pay a $3500 penalty and business manager Raymond Kebbe was fined $1500.
Fair Work inspectors audited Mobizone last year while monitoring employers who recruit staff on 457 skilled worker visas.
Employers must issue payslips within one working day of paying staff wages, with the company only issuing payslips to an Indian telecommunications technician upon request.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the court ruling acts as a reminder to businesses that ignoring the agency won't make the issue disappear.
"Instead of having a $550 fine to pay, the financial penalty is now significantly greater, and comes with publicity and potential risk to the business' reputation over its conduct," James says.
"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."
This is the first time Fair Work has secured court penalties relating to payslip breaches after an on-the-spot fine was ignored.