Employer fined for not providing employment records to inspector

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A former Kalgoorlie business operator was yesterday fined $750 with $374 costs in the Industrial Magistrate's Court for failing to provide time and wages records to an industrial inspector.

Ms Hikahe Grootjans, a partner in a business which formerly traded as Kaos Kafé in Kalgoorlie, failed to provide employment records, as required by State employment law, to an industrial inspector.

The court found that, by failing to provide records, Ms Grootjans obstructed the inspector in carrying out an investigation into a complaint by a former employee of the business for allegedly failing to pay employment entitlements.

Labour Relations Director of Compliance and Education, Joseph Lee, said today the true victim in the case was the former employee, who had been denied an early resolution of her complaint by Ms Grootjan's failure to produce the required employment records.

"The courts clearly view such breaches seriously, as was demonstrated by the Magistrate imposing a fine that is three quarters of the maximum penalty," Mr Lee said.

"Employers are required by law to provide industrial inspectors with records in such circumstances, and the department will not shy away from taking action against employers who fail to comply with their lawful obligations."

The Magistrate issued a court order requiring Ms Grootjan's to provide the records, and if that order is not complied with, further proceedings may be instituted and may result in a daily penalty for any further failure to produce the records.

Visit the record keeping requirements page or contact Wageline on 1300 655266 for information on time and wages record keeping. 

Labour Relations
Media release
09 Apr 2015

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