Bar.B.Q Tonight NT has been hit with a $26,460 penalty from the Federal Circuit Court for failing to comply with a notice issued by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

FMS Holdings agreed to back-pay an employee over $15,833 through a payment plan last year, however only paid the cook $1,250.

The employee was on a 457 visa at the time and reached out to the Fair Work Ombudsman for assistance over discrepancies regarding minimum wage, late night, weekend and public holiday penalty rates, annual leave and other underpayments.

The company was fined $22,050 and its sole director Rana Ali Hassan penalised an additional $4,410 for failing to address the compliance notice.

The court has ordered FMS Holdings to rectify all underpayments plus interest.

“Compliance Notices are an important tool we use to get unpaid wages back into workers’ pockets in a timely manner,” says Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker.

“If employers do not comply with Compliance Notices, they can clearly face court-imposed fines, in addition to the initial wages back-payment bill.”

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