Hair and Beauty Salon under fire

Legal action has been initiated by the Fair Work Ombudsman against the proprietors of a hair and beauty salon located in regional South Australia.

Frances Fimmano and Rocco Fimmano, acting as co-trustees for R & R River Trust which operates Pure Bliss Spa & Beauty in Gawler, north of Adelaide, are being brought to court.

The investigation was prompted by a request for assistance from a young worker employed at the salon as a casual beauty therapist from February 2021 to March 2022, aged between 24 and 25.

In December 2022, a Fair Work Inspector issued a Compliance Notice to the co-trustees, suspecting that the worker had been underpaid casual minimum wages and Saturday penalty rates mandated under the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2020.

Ms Fimmano and Mr Fimmano allegedly failed to comply with the Compliance Notice without reasonable excuse, according to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Anna Booth, Fair Work Ombudsman, emphasized the organization’s commitment to upholding workplace laws and pursuing legal action against non-compliant businesses.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is pursuing penalties in court for the alleged failure to comply with the Compliance Notice, with Ms Fimmano and Mr Fimmano facing penalties of up to $8,250 each.

Furthermore, the regulator seeks a court order compelling the operators to rectify the purported underpayment in full, along with interest and superannuation.

A directions hearing is scheduled in the Federal Circuit and Family Court in Adelaide on 14 May 2024.

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

3 Mar, 2024

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