The Fair Work Ombudsman (the “Ombudsman”) has revealed in athat they have obtained record penalties from the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the “Court”) against Macquarie Technology Group International Pty Ltd (“MTGI”) as well as the company’s owner, Paul Wallace, for failing to pay an earlier penalty to an employee who was unfairly dismissed in 2014.
Mr Wallace was penalised $20,600 while his company has been penalised a further $105,000.
MTGI had been initially ordered to pay over $20,000 to an engineer who was unfairly dismissed in 2014, with further orders following to pay the employee costs of $8,470. After making several requests for Wallace and MTGI to pay the compensation and costs to the employee, the Ombudsman then took legal action against them for contraventions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the “Act”) by failing to comply with the Commission’s orders.
Fair Work Ombudsman, Ms Sandra Parker said that $125,600 in total penalties is a record against an employer for failing to comply with an order to pay unfair dismissal compensation.
Commenting in a recent, Ms Parker said:
In addition to imposing penalties for contravening the Act, the Court has ordered MTGI to pay the $29,239 in outstanding compensation and costs to the employee, plus interest of $5,646. The court then dismissed appeals by MTGI against the same orders in December 2016.
An order (by the court) stipulating that if MTGI fails to pay the employee compensation and costs owed, the penalties imposed against Wallace be directed to the employee to partially rectify the amounts owed.
The current action is the second time the Ombudsman has secured penalties against Wallace and MGTI, with the industry watchdog securing penalties totalling $6,380 against Wallace and the company in court during 2011 for underpaying an employee almost $6,000. The underpayment was rectified only after legal action was initiated.
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