In a landmark case, an employer has agreed to pay one of his staff and offer a public apology rather than go to court.
According to a report published by Fairfax newspapers, Giacomo Ferretti will take out an advertisement in the Herald and pay nearly three times the $6600 maximum penalty that could have been imposed if the matter had gone to court.
Ferretti had admitted to terminating his employee's contract without paying out his annual leave while he was employed at his engineering, design and consultancy business Enjenia Services.
The report says the employee had been retained as a senior mechanical engineer at Mr Ferretti's company that went into liquidation in March.
Mr Ferretti's act of contrition is one of 34 "enforced undertakings" that the Ombudsman has negotiated since they were introduced into law in 2009.