Pub operator faces $37,000 in penalties

06 February, 2020 by
Hospitality Magazine

The Fair Work Ombudsman is taking action against the former operator of the Farmers Arms Hotel Newry in Victoria for underpaying a kitchen hand.

Gary Williams and his company Yorktor Pty Ltd will face court later this month over allegations he failed to back-pay an employee after receiving a compliance notice from the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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Fair Work inspectors found the casual bar attendant/kitchen hand was underpaid minimum wages and penalty rates after the employee requested assistance in 2019.

Yorktor Pty Ltd was issued with a compliance notice requiring the business to calculate and rectify the underpayments and provide evidence the conditions had been met.

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However, the employee has yet to receive any funds which means Yorktor Pty Ltd is facing a maximum penalty of $$31,500 and Williams a fine of $6,300.

Along with the penalties, the Fair Work Ombudsman is seeking a court order requiring the company and Williams take the action listed in the compliance notice and rectify underpayments in full plus superannuation and interest.

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“Where employers do not comply with our notices, a Court can order them to pay penalties in addition to back-paying any affected employees,” says Fair Work Ombudsman, Sandra Parker.

“The Fair Work Ombudsman will continue to use all its enforcement tools to ensure employers meet their lawful obligations.”

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