Western Downs Queensland

Woolshed Bakery in Tara has been penalised for failing to back-pay a worker for over a year.

Sole trader Allan James Beil was slapped with a $8,057 fine, with Brooke Beil, who is involved in managing the bakery, receiving a $3,776 penalty for her involvement in a pay slip contravention.

The business was originally issued with a compliance notice requiring Mr Beil to calculate and back-pay outstanding entitlements after the casual worker requested assistance from Fair Work.

Inspectors found the worker was underpaid casual night shift allowance and weekend shiftwork penalty rates during their employment from March to May 2020.

The court has now ordered Mr Beil to comply with the notice as well as superannuation and interest, with Judge Amanda Tonkin describing the contraventions as “serious and not acceptable”.

“When compliance notices are not followed, we are prepared to take legal action to ensure workers receive their lawful entitlements,” says Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker.

“Any employees with concerns about their pay or entitlements should contact us for free advice and assistance.”