Plumbing company owners fined $22,000 for underpaying apprentice

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A HILLS-based plumbing and gas fitting business has been hit with a $22,000 fine for underpaying their apprentice over two years.

The Industrial Magistrates Court found the couple had underpaid the apprentice, failed to pay him for all rostered days off and failed to pay him for untaken annual leave on the termination of his employment.

Industrial Magistrate Flynn ordered the business owners to pay the apprentice $6514.75, and to pay a further $1611.06 in interest and disbursements in addition to the $22,000 fine.

Private sector labour relations executive director Lorraine Field said the case was concerning.

“The message to be taken from this decision is that employers must comply with WA award provisions and minimum conditions of employment, as the financial consequences of failing to do so are simply not worth it.”