Brisbane Director Fined Over Underpayment Of Workers

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Media Release

   13 Oct 2010

Brisbane director fined over underpayment of


The director of a former Brisbane car rental company has been fined $110,000

over the underpayment of seven workers, following a prosecution by the Fair

Work Ombudsman.

Nathan Conn, of Northgate, received the fine in the Federal Magistrates Court in


Conn was the manager and sole director of Enterprise Car Rental Group Pty Ltd,

which traded as Abel Car Rental at a number of locations throughout Brisbane,

before the company went into liquidation.

Federal Magistrate Michael Burnett imposed the fine after finding Conn was

involved in Enterprise Car Rental Group committing 28 breaches of workplace

laws by underpaying seven workers a total of $61,423 between February, 2006

and April, 2008.

Federal Magistrate Burnett ordered that part of Conn’s fine be paid to the

underpaid workers.

The underpaid employees, who performed various roles, were underpaid their

minimum hourly rate, annual leave entitlements, superannuation, meal break

pay, termination pay and penalty rates for weekend and public holiday work. 

Conn was also involved in the failure to pay compensation to one employee after

the workplace agreement he was employed under failed a fairness test.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the case sends

a message that individual directors involved in blatantly underpaying employees

and failing to rectify the situation will be held to account.

“We will not hesitate to take court action to protect workers’ rights,” he said.

“Successful prosecutions such as this also benefit employers who are complying

with workplace laws because it helps them to compete on a level playing field.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman could not prosecute Enterprise Car Rental Group

because the company is in liquidation. The Agency’s prosecutions against former

Enterprise Car Rental Group senior managers Tony Hinai and George Halliday

were discontinued following mediation.

Employers or employees seeking assistance should contact the Fair Work Infoline

on 13 13 94 or visit For translations call 13 14 50.

Media inquiries:

Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser Media & Stakeholder Relations. (03) 9954

2561, 0411 430 902.

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