The surprising salary and perks of a McDonald’s manager have been revealed in an unfair dismissal decision published on September 20.
Former manager Matthew Laurence alleged in the Fair Work Commission that he was unfairly dismissed from his job with NGI Holdings Pty Ltd on February 20 this year, however, his case was dismissed due to his salary exceeding the high-income threshold.
Laurence worked as a general manager for the company, which owns and operates nine McDonald’s restaurants in southern NSW and regional Victoria.
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He also acquired a 5 per cent interest in the business over a six-year period.
At the time of Laurence’s dismissal, the high-income threshold was $162,000.
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He received an annual salary of $144,043.95 while employed by NGI Holdings — but the additional perks pushed his salary above the aforementioned limit.
While Laurence claimed his salary was no more than $151,243.95, NGI Holdings principal Edward Aldridge argued Laurence’s salary was over $200,000.
These benefits included the full personal use of a VW Touareg totalling $31,112.900, almost $2000 for a parking spot, a monthly personal allowance of $2400 and a clothing allowance of $2321.88.
Aldridge successfully argued that with all the perks included, Laurence’s salary rose to $206,592.
Laurence moved to the Gold Coast with his family in June 2022, flying interstate to work three days a week and working from home the rest of the time.
The court found Laurence had told Aldridge the move was “non-negotiable”.
While Laurence had previously been paid a $20,000 bonus, his flights to and from Queensland were covered after moving instead — totalling $27,426.92.
Commissioner Simpson found the additional earnings such as the VW Touareg and money for flights did count towards Laurence’s salary, meaning his earnings “far exceed the high-income threshold”.
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