The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a cleaning services operator based in Adelaide.
Facing court is Josef Samuel Neubauer, a sole trader who operated a business trading as City Central Cleaning, based in the Adelaide CBD.
The regulator investigated after receiving a request for assistance from a worker employed as a part-time administration assistant at Mr Neubauer’s business between 29 January and 15 February 2021.
The worker, from Brazil, was in Australia on a bridging visa at the time.
A Fair Work Inspector issued a compliance notice to Mr Neubauer in July 2021 after forming a belief that the worker had not been paid entitlements he was owed under the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2020, including minimum wages, annual leave entitlements and payment-in-lieu-of-notice.
The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges Mr Neubauer, without reasonable excuse, failed to comply with the compliance notice, which required him to calculate and back pay the worker’s outstanding entitlements and wages.
It is also alleged that Mr Neubauer knowingly issued false and misleading pay slips to the worker.