Food process workers back-paid $20k

Seventeen employees of a Melbourne company have been back-paid almost $20,000 following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Kanodia Nominees operates a food manufacturing business trading as Glendal Foods in Albert Street, Brunswick.

Fair Work inspectors found that Glendal Foods had failed to pay some employees in accordance with the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award, 2010, underpaying process workers amounts ranging from $106 to $4,896 between January 2010 and August 2012.

Employees were underpaid base minimum rates, overtime rates and annual leave loading. Some also failed to receive paid rest breaks when working more than 1.5 hours of overtime above their ordinary hours.

The company also failed to keep correct employment records, and had made and kept false records in relation to several employees.

Kanodia has since signed an Enforceable Undertaking with the Agency. The terms of the undertaking required the company to apologise to each of the affected staff and give an unqualified commitment to comply with all requirements of Commonwealth workplace laws in future.

Kanodia also agreed to engage an independent, specialist workplace relations auditor to further review and report on the company’s compliance with workplace laws.


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