A burger outlet in Darwin’s CBD is dealing with the Honest Work Ombudsman in court docket for failing to adjust to a discover requiring it to back-pay a younger apprentice.
The employee, who was engaged in a industrial cookery apprenticeship at Good Thanks from age 17 to twenty from 2019 to 2022, requested help from the Ombudsman after they weren’t paid for time spent coaching.
Inspectors fashioned a perception Territory Powerful Pty Ltd, the operators of Good Thanks, had not paid the employee wages for coaching, which was a part of the apprenticeship, beneath the Restaurant Business Award 2010 and the Restaurant Business Award 2020.
A compliance discover was issued, nonetheless Territory Powerful did not calculate and back-pay the employee with out cheap excuse.
“The place employers don’t comply, we are going to take applicable motion to guard workers,” says Honest Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker.
“A court docket can order a enterprise to pay penalties along with back-paying employees.”
“Employers also needs to remember that taking motion to enhance compliance within the quick meals, restaurant and café sector and defend weak workers, equivalent to younger employees, are priorities for the FWO.”
Territory Powerful now faces a penalty that may attain as much as $33,300, with the Ombudsman additionally in search of a court docket order for the enterprise to rectify the underpayments in full plus curiosity and superannuation.
A instructions listening to will happen on 24 July.