2010 - 2011 litigation outcomes

April 2011 - June 2011

Employer: Centennial Financial Services Pty Ltd & Ors

Date of judgement: 21 June 2011
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Sydney
Judge: Federal Magistrate Cameron
Nature of Proceedings: Sham Contracting, Underpayments, annual leave
Penalty: $13 200 (Mr Mertes) and $3 750 (Mr Chorazy)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Centennial Financial Services Pty Ltd & Ors (PDF 871.1KB) 
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Employer: Mr Dennis Richter

Date of judgement: 31 May 2011
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Canberra
Judge: Federal Magistrate Neville
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayment and FOA
Penalty: $72 000 (Mr Richter)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Aussie Junk Pty Ltd (in liquidation) & Anor  (PDF 387.3KB)
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Employer: Kentwood Industries Pty Ltd and Jian Yang Zhang

Date of judgement: 31 May 2011
Court: Federal Court, Perth
Judge: Justice McKerracher
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment: $242 605
Penalty: $123 000 (Kentwood Industries Pty Ltd) and $24 600 (Mr Zhang)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Kentwood Industries Pty Ltd (PDF 136.9KB)
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Employer: Macquarie Business Services Pty Ltd & Mr Joseph Krawcynski

Date of judgement: 28 April 2011
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, SA
Judge: Federal Magistrate Simpson
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment: $19 842.52
Penalty: $17 750 (Macquarie Business Services Pty Ltd) and $4000 (Mr Krawcynski)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Macquarie Business Services P/L & Anor (PDF 926.6KB)
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Employer: Bosen Pty Ltd, Hao Chen and Xue Jing

Date of judgement: 21 April 2011
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Hawkins
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and Conditions
Amount of Underpayment: $89 256.92
Penalty: $120 000 (Bosen Pty Ltd) $20 000 (Mr Chen) and $10 000 (Ms Jing)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Bosen Pty Ltd, Hao Chen and Xue Jing (PDF 897.7KB)
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Employer: Lufra Investments Pty Ltd & John Shepley

Date of judgement: 21 April 2011
Court: Federal Magistrates Court of Australia, Melbourne
Judge: Federal Magistrate Burchardt
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayment of wages
Amount of Underpayment: $8 592.04
Penalty: $40 000 (Lufra Investments Pty Ltd) and $7 920 (Mr Shepley)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Lufra Investments Pty Ltd & Anor  (PDF 562.1KB)
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Employer: Wi-Man Pty Ltd, Macquarie Technology Group International Pty Ltd and Paul Wallace

Date of judgement: 12 April 2011
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, Brisbane
Judge: Federal Magistrate Burnett
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment: $5946
Penalty: $5280 (Macqaurie Technology Group International Pty Ltd) and $1100 (Paul Desmond Wallace)
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Employer: Hungry Jack's Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 12 April 2011
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, Melbourne
Judge: Federal Magistrate Burchardt
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayment of wages
Amount of Underpayment: $665 695.51
Penalty: $100 500
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Hungry Jack's Pty Ltd  (PDF 533.3KB)
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Employer: Glenn Anthony Crisp, Mechanical Engineering Corporation Pty Ltd ("MEC"), Mechanical Engineering Services Pty Ltd ("MES") & Anthony Gordon Eliott

Date of judgement: 1 April 2011
Court: Federal Court, Victoria
Judge: Justice North
Nature of Proceedings: Duress and Freedom of Association
Amount of Underpayment: n/a
Penalty: $3 300 (Mr Crisp); $20 000 (MEC); $30 000 (MES) and $5000 (Mr Eliott)
Decision: Mastwyk v Crisp (PDF 501.7KB) 
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January 2011 - March 2011

Employer: Queensland Marine and General Insurance Management Pty Ltd and Peter Ralph Martinuzzi and Qld Marine and General Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd

Date: 15 March 2011
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Brisbane
Judge: Federal Magistrate Burnett
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment: $21 479.46 (plus interest)
Penalty: $22 000 (Queensland Marine and General Insurance Management Pty Ltd) $10 560 (Peter Ralph Martinuzzi) $22 000 (Qld Marine and General Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd)
Decision: Martinuzzi v Fair Work Ombudsman  (PDF 591.3KB)
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Note: The Federal Magistrates Court’s decision in this case was overturned on appeal. All of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s allegations have been dismissed and all fines and back-payment Orders issued by the Court have been set aside.

Employer: Contracting Plus Pty Ltd and Randall David Rowe

Date: 10 March 2011
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, Brisbane
Judge: Federal Magistrate Burnett
Nature of Proceedings: Sham contracting and Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment: $45 988.86
Penalty: $178 750 (Contracting Plus Pty Ltd) $35 750 (Randall David Rowe). Of the total penalties $45 998.86 is to be paid to the 116 employees and the balance to be paid to the Commonwealth.
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Employer: Specialised Security Service Pty Ltd and Peter Conroy

Date : 17 February 2011
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, Brisbane
Judge: Federal Magistrate Michael Burnett
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment: $46 205.21
Penalty: $16 912.50 (Specialised Security Service Pty Ltd) and $3382.50 (Peter Conroy)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Specialised Security Service Pty Ltd & Anor  (PDF 615.3KB)
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Employer: No.1 Riverside Quay Pty Ltd

Date: 28 January 2011
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, SA
Judge: Federal Magistrate Simpson
Nature of Proceedings: Agreement Making
Amount of Underpayment: n/a
Penalty: $25 000
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v No.1 Riverside Quay Pty Ltd  (PDF 379.3KB)
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Employer: Farey Transport & Trading Pty Ltd

Date: 10 January 2011
Court: Chief Industrial Magistrate's Court, Sydney
Judge: Chief Industrial Magistrate Hart
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayment of entitlements
Amount of Underpayment: $80 000
Penalty: $30 000 plus over $800 costs to FWO
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Farey Transport and Trading Pty Ltd  (PDF 397.8KB)
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October 2010 - December 2010

Employer: A.M Retail Solutions Pty Ltd (in liquidation) and Adil Magar

Date: 23 December 2010
Judge: Federal Magistrate Smith
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, Sydney
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and Conditions
Amount of Underpayment: approximately $500 000
Penalty: $82 100 (Mr Magar)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v AM Retail Solutions Pty Ltd & Anor (PDF 866.8KB) 
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Employer: Gisela Bottcher & Wolfgang Bottcher

Date: 9 December 2010
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, VIC
Judge: Federal Magistrate O'Sullivan
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions, Freedom of association
Amount of Underpayment: $46 163.45
Penalty: $18 480
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Gisela Bottcher & Anor (PDF 2.2MB) 
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Employer: Stewarts Transport & Logistics Pty Ltd, Mr Rodney Stewart & Mrs Pamela Stewart

Date: 2 December 2010
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, Melbourne
Judge: Federal Magistrate Riley
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayment of Wages and Record-keeping breaches
Amount of Underpayment: $3,228.46
Penalty: $43 500 (Stewarts Transport & Logistics Pty Ltd), $8000 (Mr Rodney Stewart) & $8700 (Mrs Pamela Stewart)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsan v Stewarts Transport & Logistics Pty Ltd & Ors (PDF 1.8MB)
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Employer: Compumark Pty Ltd, Giuseppe De Simone & Alan Evers-Buckland

Date: 1 December 2010
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Hawkins
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and Conditions
Amount of Underpayment: $8636.09
Penalty: $99 000 (Compumark Pty Ltd), $19 800 (Mr Giuseppe De Simone) and $2000 (Mr Alan Evers-Buckland)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Compumark Pty Ltd & Ors (PDF 512.1KB) 

Employer: Shrek Pty Ltd

Date: 24 November 2010
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, NSW
Judge: Federal Magistrate Cameron
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment: $356 375.05
Penalty: $141 900 (Shrek Pty Ltd) and $42 350 (Mr Peter Court)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Shrek Pty Ltd & Anor (PDF 1.3MB) 
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Employer: Grenpro Pty Ltd & Aaron Grennan

Date: 3 November 2010
Court: Magistrates' Court, Melbourne
Judge: Magistrate Holzer
Nature of Proceedings: Time and Wage records & Failure to comply with a Notice to Produce (NTP)
Amount of Underpayment: N/A
Penalty: $9625 (Grenpro Pty Ltd) & $1925 (Mr Grennan)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Grenpro Pty Ltd & Anor Transcript of decision  (PDF 90.4KB)

Employer: Transport Worker's Union of Australia & Anor

Date: 2 November 2010
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, sydney
Judge: Federal Magistrate Barnes
Nature of Proceedings: Unlawful Industrial Action
Amount of Underpayment: N/A
Penalty: $9900 (TWU) $1420 (Mr Neal Harper)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Transport Workers Union of Australia & Anor (PDF 466.1KB) 
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Employer: Country Hospitality Pty Ltd & Mr Andre Praglowski

Date: 28 October 2010
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Sydney
Judge: Federal Magistrate Driver
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment: $38 895.13
Penalty: $5940 (Mr Andre Praglowski)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Praglowski
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Employer: Roselands Fruit Market Pty Ltd & Joe Aloisio

Date: 21 October 2010
Judge: Federal Magistratre Driver
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, Sydney
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment: $70 800 (Roselands Fruit Market Pty Ltd) and $16 650 (Mr Aloisio)
Penalty: $94 000
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Roselands Fruit Market Pty Ltd & Anor  (PDF 717.2KB)
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Employer: Enterprise Car Rental Group Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) and former Director Nathan Conn

Date: 12 October 2010
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Brisbane
Judge: Federal Magistrate Burnett
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment: $61 423.19
Penalty: $110 000 (Mr Nathan Conn)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Conn & Ors (PDF 145.3KB) 
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Union: Australian Workers Union, New South Wales

Date of judgement: 1 October 2010
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court of Australia
Judge:Federal Magistrate Raphael
Nature of Proceedings: Industrial Action
Amount of Underpayment: N/A
Penalty: $12 100 (AWU)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Australian Workers Union, NSW (PDF 636.9KB) 
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July 2010 - September 2010

Employer: Aussie Little Auction Houses Pty Ltd and Mr Francis Weston

Date: 21 September 2010
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, Brisbane
Judge: Federal Magistrates Burnett
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment: $17 218.73
Penalty: $49 500 (Aussie Little Auction Houses Pty Ltd) & $18 150 (Mr Francis Weston)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Aussie Little Auction Houses Pty Ltd (PDF 16MB) 
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Employer: Chilis (Shellharbour) Pty Ltd, Chilis (Penrith) Pty Ltd and Gavin Reyolds

Date of judgement: 17 September 2010
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, NSW
Judge: Federal Magistrate Lloyd-Jones
Nature of Proceedings: Agreement making
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $4800
Penalty: $600 (Mr Gavin Reynolds)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Chilis (Shellharbour) & Ors (PDF 1.9MB)
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Employer: Nu Life Organic Farms Pty Ltd, Trevor John Bell and Peter John Hill

Date of judgement: 10 September 2010
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, Brisbane
Judge: Federal Magistrate Jarrett
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $20 001.71
Penalty: $25 500 (Nu Life Organic Farms Pty Ltd), $4930 (Mr Trevor Bell) and $4930 (Mr Peter Hill)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Nu Life Organic Farms Pty Ltd & ors (PDF 682.7KB) 
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Employer: Chimeara Media Group Pty Ltd (in liquidation) & Leslie Graeme Beard

Date of judgement: 30 August 2010
Court: Chief Industrial Magistrates' Court, NSW
Judge: Magistrate Hart
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $7000
Penalty: $21 900 (Leslie Graeme Beard)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Chimeara Media Group Pty Ltd (in liquidation) & Leslie Graeme Beard  (PDF 497.6KB)

Employer: Recruit (NSW) Pty Ltd and Anastasia Kelly

Date of judgement: 30 August 2010
Court: Chief Industrial Magistrates' Court, Sydney
Judge: Magistrate Hart
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions and Failure to comply with a Notice to Produce (NTP)
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $5072.94
Penalty: $12 000 (Anastasia Kelly)
Decision: No decision available.

Employer: DMB Investments Pty Ltd & David McPherson Black

Date of judgement: 12 August 2010
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria, Melbourne
Judge: Magistrate Chambers
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $4697.12
Penalty: $22 000 (DMB Investments Pty Ltd) and $4620 (David McPherson Black)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v DMB Investments Pty Ltd (PDF 352.1KB) 

Employer: DZ Import & Export Trading Co. Pty Ltd and Mr Zheng Ming Zhu

Date of judgement: 5 August 2010
Court: Chief Industrial MagistratesS Court, NSW
Judge: Magistrate Bartley
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $20 348.30
Penalty: $148 500 (DZ Import & Export Trading Co. Pty Ltd) and $4620 (Mr Zheng Ming Zhu)
Decision: No decision available.

Employer: Village Green Environmental Solutions Pty Ltd and Douglas Brent Smith

Date of judgement: 3 August 2010
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria, Melbourne
Judge: Magistrate Holzer
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $40 779.42
Penalty: N/A
Decision: No decision available.

Employer: Jota Pty Ltd t/as Ken Bruce Sales (In liquidation) & Russell Meerkin

Date of judgement: 3 August 2010
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria, Melbourne
Judge: Magistrate Holzer
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $25 575.52
Penalty: $15 000 (Russell Meerkin)
Decision: No decision available.

Employer: Asteria Joinery Pty Ltd and Ryan Marsh

Date of judgement: 23 July 2010
Court: Chief Industrial Magistrates' Court, Sydney
Judge: Magistrate Hart
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $31 389.69
Penalty: $16 900 (Ryan Marsh)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Asteria Joinery Pty Ltd and Ryan Marsh (PDF 39.4KB)

Union: Transport Workers' Union of Australia (TWU)

Date of judgement: 23 July 2010
Court: Federal Court, Adelaide
Judge: Justice Besanko
Nature of Proceedings: Unlawful industrial action
Amount of Underpayment (if any): n/a
Penalty: $35 000 (TWU)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Transport Workers' Union of Australia  (PDF 466.1KB)
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Employer: Ron Priddle Transport and Logistics Pty Ltd & Ronald Harold Priddle

Date of judgement: 22 July 2010
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria, Melbourne
Judge: Magistrate Holzer
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $5324.96
Penalty: $25 000 (Ron Priddle Transport and Logistics Pty Ltd) and $5000 (Ronald Harold Priddel)
Decision: No decision available.

Employer: Lightfield Investments Pty Ltd & Mr HK Tang

Date of judgement: 8 July 2010
Court: Chief Industrial Magistrates' Court, NSW
Judge: Chief Industrial Magistrate Hart
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and Conditons
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $25 512.79
Penalty: $54 000 (Lightfield Investments), $8500 (Mr Tang)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Lightfield Investments Pty Ltd (PDF 208.2KB) 

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