Date: 25 Sep 2018
The Federal Circuit Court has ordered David Leslie Hinchcliffe to pay $25,000 and his company Davdot Pty Ltd to pay $119,000 for underpaying three casual employees, two of whom were migrant workers, following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
The three employees performed cleaning duties at various hotels at which Davdot Facilities Services held cleaning contracts. Davdot admitted to underpaying them a total of $10,428 between October 2015 and August 2016.
The underpayments occurred despite the Fair Work Ombudsman previously conducting investigations involving Mr Hinchliffe and his company from 2011.
The Court found Davdot and Mr Hinchcliffe underpaid the employees, failed to make any payments for various periods of employment, did not make and keep employee records, did not provide payslips to the workers, and failed to comply with a notice to produce records or documents.