2017 media releases

Malaysian restaurant operators back in Court
18 May 2017
The operators of an inner Sydney restaurant who were penalised almost $300,000 last year for exploiting overseas workers are again facing legal action, accused of further underpayments.
Plumbers who underpaid adult apprentice $40,000 commit to change
17 May 2017
A plumbing business in regional Victoria which underpaid an adult apprentice more than $40,000 after paying rates as low as $7.37 per hour has committed to overhaul its workplace practices, after intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Fruit and vegetable retailer faces court for alleged $130K underpayments, false records
15 May 2017
A Melbourne business operator is facing court for allegedly providing false records to the Fair Work Ombudsman and for underpaying more than $130,000 to two workers.
200 Ipswich businesses to face wage audits
13 May 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman is auditing 200 businesses in Queensland’s Ipswich region as part of a new proactive compliance and education campaign.
Campaign finds little awareness of pay rates for clothing manufacturing workers
12 May 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman is auditing hundreds of businesses nationally after finding a lack of awareness of the minimum pay rates that apply to workers who make clothes, bags and footwear in factories and their homes.
Farmer paid no overtime to backpackers who worked two months without a day off
12 May 2017
The operators of a remote beef cattle farm in Queensland have been penalised a total of $130,000 after failing to pay overtime entitlements to overseas backpackers who worked more than two months straight, without a day off.
Sydney fast food operator penalised for underpaying Korean employees $111,000
11 May 2017
The operators of a chain of fast food sandwich outlets in Sydney have been penalised a total of $87,040 for exploiting overseas workers and using false records.
Shine comes off labour-hire firm who underpaid migrant workforce $22,000
9 May 2017
A labour-hire business in Perth has back-paid 19 employees – mostly migrant workers – more than $22,000 and agreed to revamp its workplace practices, following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Worker received $9 an hour because of perceived reduced work capacity
8 May 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has assisted a former employee of a seafood processing business in Box Hill, Victoria to recover $85,000 in unpaid entitlements.
Fair Work Inspectors hit Fortitude Valley eateries with unannounced audits
5 May 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has this week conducted a series of surprise visits to restaurants, bars and cafes in a popular casual dining precinct in Brisbane to check compliance with workplace laws.
Brisbane Coffee Club franchisee faces Court over alleged unlawful cash-back payment
4 May 2017
A Coffee Club café franchisee in Brisbane is facing Court for allegedly requiring an overseas worker to repay $18,000 of his wages by threatening to cancel his 457 skilled worker visa if he refused.
New supply chain guides to help businesses avoid contracting risks
4 May 2017
New tools to help prevent the exploitation of workers in contracted labour supply chains have been launched today by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Low penalties mean workers pay for dodgy record keeping
2 May 2017
Low penalties are creating an incentive for unprincipled employers to breach record keeping laws, according to Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James.
FWO commends Coles on its ongoing efforts to stamp out non-compliance by dodgy trolley collectors
27 Apr 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has today released a report on the progress of Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd’s (Coles) legal commitment to improve wage compliance and supply chain accountability for its trolley collection services.
Canberra café operator faces Court over serious record-keeping failures
24 Apr 2017
The operator of a Canberra café and its directors are facing court for alleged serious contraventions of record-keeping and payslip laws.
Fair Work Ombudsman to audit 200 businesses in Wide Bay region
21 Apr 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has contacted 200 businesses in Queensland’s Wide Bay region as part of a new proactive compliance and education campaign.
New workplace pact aims to improve compliance
20 Apr 2017
South Australia’s Department of State Development is joining forces with the Fair Work Ombudsman to help improve compliance with federal workplace laws relating to apprentices and trainees.
Salon operator overhauls workplace practices after underpaying staff approximately $288,000
20 Apr 2017
The operator of seven popular hair salons in Victoria has agreed to review and overhaul its workplace practices after a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation revealed it had underpaid dozens of workers and contravened record-keeping laws.
$33,000 back-paid to Gold Coast workers
17 Apr 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recently assisted three workers on the Gold Coast to recover more than $33,000 in unpaid wages and entitlements.
$50,000 back-pay for north-west Sydney workers
15 Apr 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has assisted two workers in suburbs north-west of Sydney to recover almost $50,000 in unpaid wages and entitlements.
Opening Statement – Inquiry into the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017
12 Apr 2017
Today, Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, gave evidence before the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017.
Shipping company in court for allegedly underpaying seafarers by $255,000
8 Apr 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a Norwegian shipping company, alleging it underpaid dozens of foreign crew more than $255,000 while they were working in Australian waters.
MUA and individual crew members face legal action
7 Apr 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced litigation against the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and nine shipping crew over alleged unlawful industrial action that prevented a ship from leaving a port in south-west Victoria for almost two months.
Fair Work Ombudsman report reveals widespread worker exploitation at United Petroleum outlets
6 Apr 2017
A Fair Work Ombudsman Activity Report has identified instances of non-compliance at United Petroleum retail fuel sites with more than 40 per cent of audited outlets found to be underpaying employees.
East Coast retail outlets and beauty salons to be audited as part of new campaign
4 Apr 2017
Hair and beauty salons and retail outlets are the focus of a new Fair Work Ombudsman compliance campaign that will target businesses along the east coast of Australia.

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