August 2017

Dodgy labour practices in Lockyer Valley targeted in multi-agency operation
31 Aug 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has joined forces with Queensland Workplace Health and Safety and the Queensland police to lead a multi-agency compliance operation targeting worker exploitation in the Lockyer Valley.
$37,000 pay day for Melbourne workers
30 Aug 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has assisted two workers in suburbs north of Melbourne to recover more than $37,000 in unpaid wages and entitlements after they contacted the agency for assistance.
Melbourne entertainment hot spots targeted in Fair Work blitz
24 Aug 2017
More than 50 restaurants, bars and cafes in some of Melbourne’s most popular entertainment precincts have received surprise visits from the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Franchisee from popular Perth restaurant chain faces Court
24 Aug 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced another legal action relating to a franchisee of the Han’s Café chain in Perth, alleging staff at an outlet in the city’s south-east were underpaid more than $67,000.
Gold Coast workers back-paid $50,000
23 Aug 2017
Three workers in Queensland’s Gold Coast region have been back-paid more than $50,000 in owed wages and entitlements after seeking assistance from the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Meatball and Wine Bar faces court for allegedly underpaying 26 workers, including visa holders
22 Aug 2017
A Melbourne restaurateur will face court after his company allegedly underpaid 26 workers including visa holders across three of his restaurants, despite having received professional advice on its wage obligations.
Farming waste company promises compliance step-up after underpaying workers nearly $94,000
18 Aug 2017
A farming waste company in regional NSW that underpaid 16 truck drivers nearly $94,000 is back-paying the workers and overhauling its workplace practices, following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Workplace audits indicate room for improvement for small businesses in the Kimberley
17 Aug 2017
Spot checks of several small businesses in Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region have recovered $8643 in owed wages for local workers.
Pizza Hut franchisee underpaid staff almost $20,000
11 Aug 2017
The franchisee of a Pizza Hut outlet at Newcastle, in NSW, underpaid 24 employees a total of almost $20,000, an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman has found.
New guides to help apprentices get off to a good start
9 Aug 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched two new guides to assist apprentices and their employers to understand their rights and obligations in the workplace.
Compliance checks for 200 businesses in South Australia’s South East region
8 Aug 2017
At least 200 businesses in and around Mount Gambier, Renmark and Murray Bridge are being audited as part of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s latest education and compliance campaign.
Court action after young journalists allegedly underpaid more than $300,000
4 Aug 2017
A company that operates news websites covering regional Queensland is facing the Federal Circuit Court for allegedly underpaying 23 young journalists more than $300,000 over a period of less than 18 months.
Record penalty of $660,000 for fruit market operator after refugee goes without pay for weeks
2 Aug 2017
Record penalties of more than $660,000 have been awarded against the former owner of a Melbourne fruit market and his company which deliberately ignored warnings about required pay rates and did not pay a refugee worker any wages for weeks.
Sushi operator allegedly underpaid vulnerable workers in regional NSW
1 Aug 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the operators of three ‘Tokyo Sushi’ outlets in NSW for allegedly underpaying workers more than $70,000.

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