Recent Prosecutions - Accessorial Liability
The Fair Work Ombudsman regularly prosecutes key advisors, such as HR managers, accountants, bookkeepers and payroll personnel, for accessorial liability under Section 550 of the Fair Work Act 2009 when their client/employer breaches Australian employment laws.
- A company, its director and payroll manager have been penalised $143,000 for underpaying workers $18,000. (More)
- Director and his Adelaide car windscreens company penalised almost $85,000 after exploiting employees. ( More)
- HR manager for Oz Staff Career Services personally fined $9920 for role in processing unlawful-deductions and record-keeping breaches.
- Director of Step Ahead Security Services Pty Ltd ordered to personally pay $51,400 for underpaying eight casual security guards on the Gold Coast.
- Manager responsible for payroll and administrative functions at Crystal Car Wash outlets in Sydney personally fined $10,000.
- HR manager found liable as an accessory to his employer's breach of workplace legislation and personally fined $3750.
- Two company directors/shareholders have been personally fined $20,000 each for their involvement in breaches of the Fair Work Act by a 7-Eleven franchise in Victoria. Record fine of $400,000 against a franchisee in Brisbane.
- Accountancy firm in Melbourne is facing $54,000 fine for processing wage payments for workers at a fast food restaurant below the award rate.
- The Director, restaurant manager and HR manager of a Chinese restaurant chain are facing penalties of up to $54,000 for underpaying workers.
- Directors of 7-Eleven retail group are under investigation for wide ranging under-payments and record-keeping breaches across its national franchise network.
- Directors of Yogurberry head company are facing penalties of up to $54,000 each for wide range of compliance failures throughout its supply chain.