23 July 2009
Perth baker faces court over alleged underpayment of delivery driver
The federal workplace watchdog has launched a prosecution against a Perth baker, alleging it underpaid a delivery driver more than $15,000.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is prosecuting Efes Bakery Pty Ltd, located in Welshpool.
The delivery driver was employed on a casual basis to deliver bread products to Efes Bakery customers around the city.
In prosecution documents lodged in the Federal Magistrates Court in Perth, the Fair Work Ombudsman alleges Efes Bakery underpaid the employee up to $17,839 in entitlements by failing to pay his casual loading, overtime rates and early-start premiums between 2006 and 2008.
The driver was allegedly paid $60 to $65 per shift, regardless of the number of hours he worked.
Court documents also allege that Efes Bakery failed to maintain proper time-and-wages records for the man and deliberately made false or misleading entries in its records regarding the hours he worked and the rate he was paid.
Fair Work Ombudsman WA Director Leigh Quealy says a decision was taken to prosecute because of the significant amount involved and is seeking penalties against the employer.
The maximum potential penalty per breach of the workplace law is $33,000.
Workers and employers alike can contact the FWO Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit www.fwo.gov.au for assistance.
The Fair Work Ombudsman aims to promote harmonious, productive and co-operative workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national workplace laws.
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