July 2015

Court imposes $142,000 penalty after restaurant operators refuse to back-pay nine workers
31 Jul 2015
The former operators of a Bendigo restaurant who repeatedly short-changed their employees have been fined a total of $142,000 following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Cleaners to see more in pay packets
30 Jul 2015
Nine cleaners at several Myer sites in Melbourne will have larger pay packets in future after the Fair Work Ombudsman found they had been collectively short-changed $6300 in less than a month.
Building and construction campaign results
29 Jul 2015
The Fair Work Ombudsman has flagged ongoing efforts to improve compliance rates within the building and construction industry following a recent national campaign.
Court fines businessmen who short-changed backpackers while picking up almost $500k
28 Jul 2015
Two Melbourne businessmen have been fined - and criticised - in Court for paying themselves wages totalling almost $500,000, while some of the young, overseas backpackers they employed were paid nothing at all.
Korean backpackers short-changed $28,000 – but sushi restaurant boss labels them “trouble-makers”
23 Jul 2015
The owner-operator of Bundaberg’s Nodaji Sushi restaurant and three other take-away sushi bars underpaid four young foreign workers almost $28,600 in just six months, a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation has found.
4 Airlie Beach workers share $56 000 back-pay
21 Jul 2015
Four employees laid-off by an accommodation business at Airlie Beach in Queensland have been back-paid more than $56,000 following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
$65 000 back-pay for 19 Cairns employees
20 Jul 2015
A long-established family business in Cairns will reimburse 19 casual employees almost $65,000 after receiving advice that it has been underpaying their wages.
Fremantle restaurant faces hefty bill after short-changing staff wages
16 Jul 2015
A Fremantle restaurant has ended up with a hefty bill for back-payment of wages after it was found to be short-changing its waiting staff.
School canteen mums short-changed
15 Jul 2015
Six mums working at school canteens in western Sydney will get more in their pay packets from now on after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were being short-changed.
Restaurant docked wages for cash register shortages, torn cash notes and breakages
14 Jul 2015
A fast food restaurant in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs has been cautioned after it was found to be unlawfully deducting money from employee wages.
Overseas nursery workers to get back $30,000 unlawfully deducted from their wages for rent
12 Jul 2015
Australia’s largest wholesale nursery is revamping its workplace practices after the Fair Work Ombudsman found some of its policies were both unlawful and unreasonable.
Union, shipping crew face legal action
10 Jul 2015
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced litigation against the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and seven shipping crew.
Fear of retribution blamed for low wages
8 Jul 2015
A Korean restaurant says it advertised for staff for as little as $12 an hour because it feared retribution from competitors if it offered Award wages.
Taiwanese backpackers and international student from China short-changed $43,000
7 Jul 2015
The Fair Work Ombudsman has taken enforcement action against a Taiwan-based company for underpaying overseas workers in Australia tens of thousands of dollars.
Vietnamese factory worker short-changed $16,000 over four years
2 Jul 2015
A migrant factory worker in Melbourne was underpaid almost $16,000 over four years, a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation has found.
Health club stood down fitness instructor who queried wages & entitlements
1 Jul 2015
The owner of two health clubs in Launceston has been required to pay compensation to a casual fitness instructor stood down for questioning his entitlements.

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