“When compliance notices are not followed, we are prepared to take legal action to ensure workers receive their lawful entitlements,” Mr Scully said.
The FWO commenced an investigation into the companies operating the two City Convenience stores after receiving a request for assistance from one of the workers.
The notices were issued in 2019 after an inspector formed a belief that workers had been underpaid minimum wage rates, overtime rates and penalty rates for weekend, evening and public holiday work under the General Retail Industry Award 2010 for work performed between November 2018 and August 2019.
Judge Stewart Brown described the contraventions as serious and found that there was a need to impose penalties to deter others from similar conduct.
“It is important employers recognise that compliance notices are significant and are thus encouraged to manage their businesses so that errors, including innocent ones, can be rectified quickly and cheaply for the benefit of both business and employee,” Judge Brown said.
The two companies which received the notices went into liquidation after the court action commenced.