Nathan Conn, the former manager and sole director of the Enterprise Car Rental Group before the company was liquidated, has been fined $110,000 by the Brisbane Federal Magistrates Court for inadequate compensation to seven of his previous employees.
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The judgement and subsequent settlement came after employee complaints led to a prosecution by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Federal Magistrate Michael Burnett levied the penalty against Conn after learning that he participated in 28 breaches of workplace laws centred around underpaying a total of $61,423 between seven different employees.
The illegal activity was committed between February 2006 and April of 2008. It included underpaying the employees' minimum hourly rates, their entitlements for annual leave, superannuation, their pay for meal breaks, overtime pay for public holiday and weekend work as well as termination pay. Conn also failed to pay one worker whose workplace agreement did not stand up to a fairness test.
Burnett determined that the employee compensation was to be paid directly to the underpaid workers out of the fine assessed against Conn. Enterprise Car Rental Group traded as Abel Car Rental throughout Brisbane.
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