Motel to face court for allegedly refusing to provide staff employment records

19 January 2010

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a prosecution against the operators of a motel in northern coastal NSW for allegedly failing to provide inspectors with staff employment records.

Facing court is Ballina Island Resort Pty Ltd, which operates the Ballina Island Motor Inn, and company director-manager Matthew Robert Laurie. As part of routine activity, Fair Work inspectors attempted to audit Ballina Island Resort last year to check employees were being paid correctly.

Documents lodged in the Federal Magistrates Court in Sydney allege that the company ignored numerous requests from inspectors for time-and-wages records and other documents.

Under workplace laws, employers must keep employment records for employees and former employees and provide them to Fair Work inspectors upon request.

Ballina Island Resort also allegedly failed to issue payslips to all employees.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says it will be alleged in court that the company is either deliberately withholding the records – or has none.

Ballina Island Resort and Mr Laurie have allegedly each committed two breaches of workplace laws. The maximum penalty per breach is $33,000 for the company and $6600 for Mr Laurie.

The case is listed for mention on February 19.

The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes harmonious, productive and co-operative workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national workplace laws.

Employers or employees seeking assistance should contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit . For translations call 13 14 50.

Media inquiries:

Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations,
0419 818 484


Ryan Pedler, Media & Stakeholder Relations Senior Adviser
(03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924

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