Cou­ple fined for un­der­pay­ing staff

The West Australian - - CRIME STOPPERS -

A South West cou­ple has been fined more than $150,000 for de­lib­er­ately un­der­pay­ing eight staff up to thou­sands of dol­lars each over 15 months.

The penalty was handed down by the Fed­eral Court for Gemma and Mark Gum­ley and their com­pany Koo­jedda Car­pen­try Pty Ltd.

They were found to have un­der­paid eight work­ers a to­tal of $20,000.

The court found the pair guilty of 14 con­tra­ven­tions of in­dus­trial law, rang­ing from un­der­pay­ing min­i­mum wage, as well as ca­sual load­ing, over­time as well as week­end and pub­lic hol­i­day penal­ties.

It found that five of the eight work­ers were not paid their wages at all dur­ing weeks of em­ploy­ment, while one worker was not paid for her 21⁄2 weeks on the job. One em­ployee aged 19 was paid less than half of her law­ful en­ti­tle­ments.

The cou­ple had pre­vi­ously been fined for not pay­ing six staff their leave en­ti­tle­ments in 2012.

Kim Macdon­ald

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