The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a penalty within the Federal Circuit Court in opposition to the previous operator of a Gold Coast restaurant for failing to again pay three employees Korean employees aged 21 to 22 on working vacation visas.
The Court imposed a penalty of $3396.60 in opposition to Mr Seouk Woong Hong, who previously operated a Korean restaurant buying and selling as Sogongdong Tofu House at Southport, after he was discovered to be concerned in failing to adjust to a Compliance Notice requiring the back-payment of three former employees on the restaurant. The penalty will likely be make up a portion of the underpayments owed to them, as so far they haven’t obtained all of the monies they’re entitled to.
Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Michael Campbell used the case to focus on the truth that particular person enterprise operators concerned in failing to behave on Compliance Notices can face court-imposed penalties.
“When Compliance Notices are not followed, we are prepared to take legal action to ensure workers receive their lawful entitlements,” Campbell mentioned.
“Improving compliance within the restaurant, café and quick meals sector will stay a key precedence for the Fair Work Ombudsman all through 2021-22.
“Any employees with concerns about their pay or entitlements should contact us for free advice and assistance,” Campbell added.
The Fair Work Ombudsman began an investigation after receiving requests for help from the previous employees at Sogongdong Tofu House. A Compliance Notice was issued in May when that investigation uncovered the truth that the three former employees, all meals and beverage attendants, had been underpaid their entitlements below the Restaurant Industry Award 2010 – the employees had been underpaid minimal wage charges, informal loadings and penalty charges for weekend and public vacation for quick durations of labor they did between June and October 2019.