12:14pm Tuesday 10th September 2013
A HOME maintenance firm and its boss faces paying a Halesowen apprentice more than £1,000 after failing to pay his full wages and eventually sacking him “for no apparent reason”.
Todd Nicholls also lost his course as a maintenance apprentice at Stourbridge College when the firm failed to pay his wages.
Mr Nicholls was employed as an apprentice maintenance by D & D Home Maintenance and Improvements of Hill Street, Lye.
He made compensation claims at Birmingham Employment Tribunal for unpaid wages and holiday pay against his former boss Carl Dwerryhouse and his D & D firm.
The former apprentice was unable to make a compensation claim for unfair dismissal because he had not been employed long enough.
Neither Mr Dwerryhouse nor the firm attended the hearing and tribunal judge George Alliot complained that there had been no response and the respondents would be barred from defending the compensation claims.
Mr Nicholls, of Radbourne Drive, said he was not given any pay slips and paid £20 a day although he was not paid his full wages.
He said he often worked in excess of 10 hours a day and had one day a week on the maintenance college course.
This course was stopped after the organisers queried why Mr Nicholls was not being paid his full wages, the tribunal was told.
Mr Nicholls was off work ill at one stage and complained he was eventually dismissed without reason.
Mr Alliot said Mr Nicholls’ compensation claim was well founded and awarded him a total of £1,230 which included unpaid wages and holiday pay. The amount also included £100 for not having pay slips.
A tribunal spokesman said later that tribunals could not enforce compensation payments but that Mr Nicholls could take county court action to obtain his money if the amount had not been paid within 42 days.
“Using the tribunal judgment as back up Mr Nicholls can take county court action which will involve bailiffs seizing goods at the firm to sale to pay the compensation,” said the spokesman.
Mr Nicholls, who is looking for another job, said he would wait and see if the firm paid up before considering his next move.
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