Fair Work Ombudsman targets cafe owner for allegedly underpaying 31 staff by $30k

A café and hotel owner in Hobart is facing legal action after it was discovered that he underpaid his employees by more than $30,000.

Solstice has closed, and the firm is currently under liquidation.

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) filed paperwork in Federal Circuit Court last month alleging that Mr Dupree violated the Restaurant and Hospitality awards by failing to pay minimum wage entitlements, penalty rates, and annual leave loading.

The court action comes after the business received two compliance letters in October 2020.

When FWO representatives visited the Solstice café in November 2019, they discovered the alleged violations.

Following the visit, an inspector conducted an audit of Mr Dupree’s businesses, alleging that employees at both Solstice and The Moonah Hotel were not paid the correct rates “in respect of base pay, overtime or evening work, work on a Saturday, Sunday, or Public Holiday, and annual leave loading” between July 2018 and February 2020.

In October, the firm received compliance warnings requiring it to identify underpaid employees, determine how much they owed, pay them, record the outstanding sums, and rectify any unpaid super.

The FWO requested that the firm produce proof of compliance by the end of November.

Read more • abc.net.au

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