The Fair Work ombudsman has secured legal action against the operator of a dental clinic based in Seaford, south-east Melbourne.
The Federal Circuit Court fined Helix Bianca Nominees Pty Ltd, which operates the Seaford Dental Clinic, $ 16,500.
The penalty was imposed in response to the company’s failure to comply with a notice of compliance requiring it to calculate and surrender compensation entitlements owed to two former employees.
In addition to the fine, the court ordered Helix Bianca’s candidates to comply with the notice of compliance, which includes the full rectification of the underpayments plus superannuation, and to pay interest on the less. -paid.
Fair Work ombudsman Sandra Parker said companies that fail to follow compliance notices face penalties imposed by the courts, in addition to having to backpay underpaid staff.
“We strive to ensure voluntary compliance with notices of compliance, but when they are not followed, we are prepared to take legal action to ensure that workers receive all of their legal rights,” said Ms. Parker.
“All employees with concerns about their salary or rights should contact us for free advice and support. “
The Fair Work ombudsman investigated the company after receiving requests for help from the two former employees.
A fair labor inspector issued a notice of compliance to the company in October 2020 after becoming convinced that the company had underpaid workers’ rights owed under the 2010 award for healthcare professionals and services. support.
The inspector believed that a worker, a dental technician, had not received occasional weekday benefits while employed at the clinic between February 2019 and January 2020.
The inspector believed that the other worker, hired as a full-time dental technician from April 2014 to April 2019, had not been paid for his accumulated annual leave and leave rights at the end of his employment.