Media releases

Penalty for failing to pay Chinese worker
16 Apr 2014
The operators of a Brisbane business have been fined a total of $21,420 and ordered to back-pay a young Chinese worker more than $10,000.
Business owner fined $42,000 for underpaying husband and wife restaurant employees
15 Apr 2014
The former owner of a restaurant in Perth has been fined more than $42,000 for deliberately underpaying two migrant workers almost $80,000.
Fair Work Inspectors to visit Granite Belt orchards to check seasonal worker pay packets
14 Apr 2014
Fair Work Ombudsman inspectors will visit apple and pear orchards in the Granite Belt region of South-East Queensland this week as part of an ongoing focus on seasonal harvest workers.
Retailer cautioned and “on notice” after underpaying four Chinese employees more than $180,000
11 Apr 2014
The Fair Work Ombudsman has put a Brisbane retailer on notice that it must comply with workplace laws after it admitted underpaying four immigrant workers a total of $183,000.
Young workers to benefit from partnership between McDonald’s and the Fair Work Ombudsman
9 Apr 2014
McDonald’s Australia has entered a new partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman to continue to improve workplace practices at its restaurants across the country.
Court rules on age discrimination case
8 Apr 2014
The Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane has ruled on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s first litigation relating to discrimination on the grounds of age.
Spot checks reveal high compliance rates on Atherton Tablelands – but many workers still underpaid
7 Apr 2014
Random audits of fruit and vegetable farms in Far North Queensland have revealed strong compliance with federal workplace laws, the Fair Work Ombudsman announced today.
Cairns sushi bar to back-pay almost $50,000 to five Japanese, Korean employees
7 Apr 2014
The operators of two sushi kiosks in Cairns underpaid five casual employees almost $50,000 in less than six months, the Fair Work Ombudsman has found.
Businessman, companies face court for allegedly underpaying staff $870,000
3 Apr 2014
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal proceedings against Sydney man Kia Silverbrook and three companies he has operated, alleging 21 employees are owed more than $870,000 in wages and entitlements.
Café operators face court for allegedly paying international students just $8 an hour
2 Apr 2014
The operators of a café in Melbourne are to face court over allegations they paid foreign students as little as $8 an hour.

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