Fair Work launches prosecution over underpaid IT staff

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a prosecution against the director of Compliance & Competency Management for underpaying IT staff and violating several workplace laws.

The owner of Adelaide computer training software provider Compliance & Competency Management is in hot water with the Fair Work Ombudsman for allegedly underpaying five IT staff by AU$286,000.

The Ombudsman launched a prosecution against the former director of the company, James Robert Manning. Fair Work is targeting Manning since it was unable take the liquidated company to court.

Manning will be facing the Federal Magistrate Court in Adelaide in December.

The Compliance & Competency Management employees concerned were not paid wages for up to four months, denied annual leave entitlements and missed out on superannuation between September 2009 and April 2010.

Court action is being taken because Manning failed to rectify the matter, even after he was notified, the acting Fair Work Ombudsman Mark Scully said.

With more than 20 years business experience as the director of 27 different companies, Manning cannot claim ignorance about complying with Fair Work laws and procedures, according to Fair Work.

Workplace laws were also breached by the former Compliance & Competency Management director. The maximum penalty per breach is AU$6600. The Ombudsman wants any fine imposed on Manning to go towards paying the underpaid IT workers.


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