Oak Flats childcare centre underpaid staff: Fair Work

Oak Flats childcare provider Stepping Stones Child Care Centre has underpaid two staff members by more than $3000 and ignored compliance notices to reimburse the pair, the Fair Work Ombudsman claims.

According to Fair Work, which has now begun legal action against the centre, the employees are owed $2551 and $790 respectively for short periods of work performed last year. The company's sole director and owner, Alisa Tavendale, is also facing legal action.

Ms Tavendale did not return calls from the Mercury yesterday.

In January, the Ombudsman issued two compliance notices to Ms Tavendale and her company giving 21 days to rectify the underpayments.

However, it is alleged there was no response and the underpayments remain outstanding.

"It is important for employers to understand that when a compliance notice is issued, the Fair Work Ombudsman is simply seeking to recover wages that should have been paid in the first instance - we are not seeking to be punitive," Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said.

Ms Tavendale faces maximum penalties of $5100 per breach.

And her company faces maximum penalties of $25,500 per breach.

A directions hearing is listed for August 8.