Waterfront ‘water park’ operator to face court over underpayment allegations

by | Jul 24, 2020 | News | 0 comments

The former operator of the giant inflatable in the Darwin Waterfront lagoon, and one of its directors Jarrod Berrington, are facing charges in the Federal Circuit Court for allegedly underpaying wages and allowances the Fair Work Ombudsman has said.

A Fair Work inspector issued a Compliance Notice in December 2019 to D-Town Events Pty Ltd trading as Big Buoy Waterpark, and Mr Berrington after an investigation showed that the company underpaid a water park operator between May 2017 and June 2019.

The inspector believes the employee was underpaid minimum casual wages, Sunday and public holiday penalties, overtime, and first aid allowance owed under the Amusement, Events and Recreation Award 2010.

The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges that the company failed to comply with the Compliance Notice, which mandated D-Town Events Pty Ltd to calculate and back-pay the worker’s entitlements.

The business ceased operating earlier this year.

D-Town Events director Jarrod Berrington. 

The Fair Work Ombudsman is seeking penalties against D-Town Events and Mr Berrington. It also seeks orders for the company to pay underpayments in full, plus superannuation, and interest.

D-Town Events is facing a maximum penalty of $31,500, while Mr Berrington is facing a maximum penalty of $6,300.

A directions hearing is listed in the Federal Circuit Court in Darwin on September 4, 2020.

The Waterfront Corporation put out a press release back in 2016 advising the inflatable “water park” would begin operating but has not responded to a request for comment by the NT Independent.

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said that the regulator would continue to enforce workplace laws in a proportionate manner during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that includes taking businesses to court where lawful requests are not complied with.

Ms Parker urges any employees with concerns about their pay or entitlements to contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for free assistance.

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