THE Fair Work Ombudsman has taken legal action against a silo manufacturer in Rochester, alleging it under paid two workers almost $13,000.
This comes after the company was previously been put on notice to pay workers their lawful entitlements going back to 1998.
Facing the Federal Circuit Court is Lindsay F. Nelson Manufacturing, which trades as Nelson Silos.
Also facing court are one of the company’s directors and part-owner Eric Nelson and its logistics manager David Whitehead.
The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges the company underpaid two workers a total of $12,958 between 2012 and 2016.
Although the employees have been partially back-paid, but most of the alleged underpayment remains outstanding.
It is alleged that Nelson Silos also failed to comply with three Notices to Produce employment documents issued by inspectors during the investigation.
The company faces penalties of up to $54,000 per dispute, with Nelson and Whitehead each facing maximum penalties of up to $10,800 per dispute.
The Fair Work Ombudsman also seeks orders for the company to commission an external audit of its compliance with workplace laws and for managerial staff to undertake workplace relations training.
The matter is listed for a directions hearing in the Federal Circuit Court in Melbourne on July 24.