May 2015

Security companies to face Court after employee allegedly underpaid over $11,000
29 May 2015
A national security company knowingly allowed one of its contractors to underpay an employee more than $11,000, the Fair Work Ombudsman alleges.
Statement on No Land Tax Party
28 May 2015
The Fair Work Ombudsman has received almost 1000 requests for assistance from workers claiming they have not been paid money promised to them for working for the No Land Tax Party at the last NSW state election.
Security guards allegedly underpaid $94,000
28 May 2015
A NSW security contractor will face Court for allegedly underpaying 14 employees at Coffs Harbour almost $94,000.
Taiwanese backpackers allegedly short-changed $40,000 working as hairdressers
27 May 2015
Two Taiwanese backpackers were allegedly underpaid almost $40,000 while working as hairdressers in Adelaide.
Alice Springs café operators face court for alleged record-keeping failures
26 May 2015
The operators of an Alice Springs café are facing Court after a Fair Work Ombudsman campaign allegedly uncovered blatant record-keeping failures.
417 visa-holders short-changed almost $10,000
25 May 2015
Three Chinese backpackers fruit-picking in regional Victoria are among dozens of workers back-paid thousands of dollars following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
$438,000 back-pay for child-care workers
22 May 2015
Almost 600 child care workers throughout Australia have been underpaid hundreds of thousands of dollars, spot checks by the Fair Work Ombudsman have revealed.
Queensland security contractor fined $90,000 for failing to back-pay workers $10,000
21 May 2015
Penalties totalling $90,000 have been imposed against a security contractor in regional Queensland who failed to pay four employees almost $10,000 for work they performed.
Retailer faces court for allegedly paying Chinese backpacker just $8 an hour
20 May 2015
An ugg boot retailer will face court for allegedly paying an overseas worker in Sydney just $8 an hour.
Social media pitch to international students
19 May 2015
The Fair Work Ombudsman hopes to alert up to 100,000 international students to their workplace rights through a targeted social media campaign.
New campaign focuses on apprentices/trainees
18 May 2015
Hundreds of businesses which employ apprentices and trainees will come under scrutiny as part of a new national campaign by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Employers urged to pay greater attention to wage rates after 200 Alice Springs workers underpaid
15 May 2015
More than 200 Alice Springs workers have been underpaid tens of thousands of dollars, spot checks by the Fair Work Ombudsman have revealed.
Shop owners admit to excessive use of work trials
14 May 2015
Two shop assistants were subjected to an unwarranted number of work trials by a NSW retail business, a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation has found.
$4.8m back-pay for thousands of aged care workers after overtime pay error
8 May 2015
Thousands of aged care nurses, allied health workers and support staff are being reimbursed almost $4.8 million after their employer discovered it had inadvertently underpaid their overtime rates for at least six years.
Statement in response to 4-Corners report
7 May 2015
On Monday, May 4, the ABC 4-Corners current affairs program detailed allegations of mistreatment of overseas workers.
Boss sells truck to re-pay mate after short-changing his wages by $25,000 over three years
7 May 2015
Did you hear the one about the boss who hired one of his mates as a tradesman, but then underpaid him $25,000 over the next three years?
Hospitality workers at Wagga’s Rules Club allegedly underpaid $24,000 by caterer
6 May 2015
Workers at one of the biggest hospitality venues at Wagga, in regional NSW, were underpaid more than $24,000, the Fair Work Ombudsman alleges.
Indian cooks allegedly coerced into paying thousands in cash in return for visa support
5 May 2015
An Albury café owner allegedly coerced two Indian workers into paying him thousands of dollars in cash in return for his support for their visas.
The Coffee Club joins growing list of FWO partners
4 May 2015
The Coffee Club franchise has joined a growing list of businesses who want to work with the Fair Work Ombudsman in a compliance partnership.
Harvest Trail turns to Tasmania’s wine industry
1 May 2015
Fair Work Ombudsman inspectors will visit Tasmania’s Tamar Valley and Coal River wine regions next week as part of an ongoing focus on the entitlements of seasonal workers.

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