SECURITY FIRM CAUGHT UNDERPAYING STAFF
Written on the 21 May 2015
A QUEENSLAND security contractor has been fined $90,000 for failing to pay four employees $10,000 for work they completed.
Douglas Charles Kidd was charged $15,000 while his Airlie Beach-based company Mordel Pty Ltd, trading as Spartan Security Group, must pay a further $75,000 in penalties.
A judge in Federal Court in Brisbane also ordered the company to pay four security guards a total of $9704 owed for short periods of work they completed in 2013.
One of the employees is owed $4272 for about three weeks of work. Record-keeping laws were also breached.
Kidd failed to respond to two compliance notices issued by Fair Work inspectors, and did not file a court application to challenge the infringement.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the court's decision sends a clear message to employers that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.
"Legal actions such as this also assist employers who are doing the right thing by their employees, because it helps them to compete on a level playing field," James says.
She says the Fair Work Ombudsman has received further allegations of underpayment from other Mordel employees since Kidd was charged.
These have resulted in Mordel back-paying three employees more than $5000.