The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a Canberra-based residential building company and its director.
Facing court is Krown Homes Pty Ltd and its sole director and secretary, Ismail Cetinkaya.
The regulator investigated after receiving a request for assistance from a worker who had been employed by Krown Homes as a full-time carpenter between September 2020 and June 2021.
A Fair Work Inspector issued a Compliance Notice to Krown Homes in August 2021 after forming a belief the worker had not been paid all entitlements owed under the Building and Construction General On-site Award 2020 and the Fair Work Act’s National Employment Standards.
The worker is allegedly owed payment-in-lieu-of-notice of termination and redundancy entitlements.
Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said the regulator would continue to enforce workplace laws and take businesses to court where lawful requests are not complied with.
“Where employers do not comply, we will take appropriate action to protect employees. A court can order a business to pay penalties in addition to back-paying workers. Any employees with concerns about their pay or entitlements should contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for free assistance.”
The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges Krown Homes, without reasonable excuse, failed to comply with the Compliance Notice, which required it to calculate and back-pay the worker’s entitlements.
It is alleged Mr Cetinkaya was involved in the contravention.
The FWO is seeking penalties, in the Federal Circuit and Family Court in Canberra, for the alleged failure to comply with the Compliance Notice. Krown Homes Pty Ltd faces a penalty of up to $33,300 and Mr Cetinkaya faces a penalty of up to $6,660.
The regulator is also seeking an order for Krown Homes to comply with the Compliance Notice, which includes rectifying the alleged underpayment in full, plus interest and superannuation.