A prominent Hobart bakery-restaurant and its directors have back-paid 94 of its employees a combined amount of $77,921.
Between December 2011 and May 2013, food and beverage attendants, kitchen hands and cooks at the business were underpaid amounts ranging from under $10 up to $19,000, as reported by Hospitality Magazine.
The Fair Work Ombudsman investigated the company last year after it received a number of complaints from former employees. Inspectors found the company had failed to pay the correct rates of pay under the Restaurant Industry Award 2010.
Employees were underpaid their minimum hourly rate of pay, casual loadings, penalty rates for weekends, evening and public holiday work, and overtime rates.
The directors have agreed to enter into an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with the Fair Work Ombudsman, where it is required to apologise to each of the affected staff and rectify all outstanding entitlements. The company has also agreed to undertake specialist workplace relations training and engage independent auditors to review and report on the company’s compliance with workplace laws once a year for the next three years.
“Many of the initiatives included in EUs help to build a greater understanding of workplace responsibilities, motivate the company to do the right thing and help them avoid the same mistakes again,” Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said, as reported by Hospitality Magazine.