January 2017

Adelaide nail salon operator faces Court
30 Jan 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the owner of a nail salon in Adelaide, alleging he failed to take appropriate action after being put on notice to pay employees correctly.
Fair Work Ombudsman report reveals non-compliance in major fast-food franchise
27 Jan 2017
A Fair Work Ombudsman Activity Report has identified widespread non-compliance within Pizza Hut outlets with three quarters of audited outlets failing to comply with workplace laws.
Gold Coast tour bus operator to make stop in Court over sham contracting and underpayment claims
26 Jan 2017
A Gold Coast tour bus operator will face the Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane over claims it engaged in sham contracting and underpaid two workers from non-English speaking backgrounds a total of $43,477.21.
Migration agency faces Court for allegedly underpaying young overseas workers
25 Jan 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a migration agency, alleging it underpaid two young overseas workers in Brisbane more than $17,000 over a period of less than five months.
Adelaide massage parlour operator faces court
24 Jan 2017
The operator of a number of massage parlours in Adelaide is facing Court for alleged serious contraventions of record-keeping and pay slip laws.
$143,000 in penalties for $18,000 underpayment of two overseas workers in Brisbane
23 Jan 2017
A Court’s decision to impose $143,000 in penalties over two Taiwanese workers in Brisbane being underpaid $18,000 sends a message about the seriousness of ignoring warnings to pay workers correctly, according to the Fair Work Ombudsman.
$125k back-pay for workers in south-east Melbourne
20 Jan 2017
A former manager of an automotive repair business at Seaford in Victoria has been reimbursed $102,990 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
More exploitation allegations against Melbourne burger bar operator
19 Jan 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced a second litigation against the operator of a Melbourne burger bar for allegedly exploiting more young and overseas workers.
Dark day for windscreens company penalised almost $85,000 for exploiting employees
18 Jan 2017
An Adelaide car windscreens company and its director have been penalised almost $85,000 after exploiting seven employees, including one who was paid a flat hourly rate of just $12.50 for a period of 10 years.
Young apprentice pastry chef short-changed $7000
17 Jan 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered more than $7000 back-pay for a young worker at a food manufacturing business in inner Sydney.
Cleaning company signs undertaking to prevent repeat of underpayment errors
16 Jan 2017
A cleaning services company has back-paid an underpaid worker in regional Victoria almost $3000 and agreed to make a $1000 donation, following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Joint campaign by FWO and ASIC proves a success
12 Jan 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered almost $40,000 for underpaid Brisbane workers as part of a joint campaign with Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
Tasmanian restaurant to dish-up $20,000 back-pay to underpaid staff
11 Jan 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman is issuing businesses a warning about the dangers of paying flat rates after a restaurant on Tasmania’s east coast underpaid five employees more than $20,000.
Carpentry business hit with $38,000 in penalties after ignoring compensation order
10 Jan 2017
A Canberra carpenter and his company have been penalised more than $38,000 after ignoring a Fair Work Commission order to pay compensation to an unfairly dismissed worker.
Moree Plains employees short-changed $10,700
9 Jan 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered a total of $10,700 for seven underpaid hospitality employees at a club in the Moree Plains area in northern NSW.
Roxby Downs apprentice short-changed $6500
6 Jan 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $6500 for a young apprentice at Roxby Downs, in northern South Australia.
New Community Engagement Grants Program
5 Jan 2017
Millions of dollars in funding will be provided to community organisations to assist the most vulnerable workers in the community, following the selection of successful recipients under the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Community Engagement Grants Program.
More than $16,000 back-pay secured for overseas workers at labour-hire company
5 Jan 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a total of $16,300 back-pay for five overseas workers at a labour hire company based at Fremantle, in Western Australia.

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