November 2015

Blueberry farm workers get $46k back-pay
30 Nov 2015
The operators of blueberry farms at Sandy Beach in NSW underpaid their workers tens of thousands of dollars, an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman has revealed.
Falls Creek bus service signs workplace pact after second audit finds ongoing wage issues
27 Nov 2015
A Victorian snowfields bus company faces enforcement action from the Fair Work Ombudsman after being caught short-changing its staff for the second time in a year.
$30k back-pay for staff at go-kart tracks
26 Nov 2015
Twenty-five workers at three go-kart tracks in NSW are to be reimbursed a total of more than $30,000 after a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation found they were being underpaid.
$10 an hour doesn’t cut it at beauty salon
25 Nov 2015
A Melbourne hair and beauty salon paid a South Korean visa-holder just $10 an hour, a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation has found.
$15,000 fine for Darwin businessman who paid French backpackers less than $5 an hour
24 Nov 2015
The operator of a Darwin painting business has been fined $15,000 for deliberately exploiting four young overseas workers and refusing to back-pay them thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.
Spot checks for western Sydney businesses
23 Nov 2015
The Fair Work Ombudsman will audit up to 200 businesses throughout western Sydney as part of a new campaign.
Childcare centre fined over underpayments
20 Nov 2015
The operators of a Sydney childcare centre have been fined a total of $14,083 after underpaying three teenage employees.
Security company fined over $60,000
20 Nov 2015
A national security company has been fined tens of thousands of dollars for underpaying one of its own employees and turning a blind eye to a sub-contractor doing the same thing.
Female barristers get lion’s share of legal work
19 Nov 2015
The Fair Work Ombudsman now allocates more than half of its legal work to female barristers.
Cleaners underpaid almost $12,000 in just 6 weeks
18 Nov 2015
Four 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 almost $12,000 in just six weeks.
Spot checks in Canberra and Queanbeyan
17 Nov 2015
The Fair Work Ombudsman is auditing up to 50 businesses in Canberra and Queanbeyan as part of a new campaign.
Fair Work Ombudsman joins Feast to raise awareness of unlawful discrimination
16 Nov 2015
The Fair Work Ombudsman will participate in Adelaide’s Feast Festival to raise awareness about the workplace rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
Almost $28,000 back-pay for High School students
13 Nov 2015
A group of teenage high school students in Queensland has been short-changed thousands of dollars for work they undertook as part of school-based traineeships.
Media company faces Court over unpaid internship
12 Nov 2015
A Sydney-based media company is facing Court for allegedly running an unlawful unpaid internship program and underpaying two workers more than $18,000.
Court imposes hefty penalty to deter employers from exploiting overseas backpackers
11 Nov 2015
A Federal Circuit Court judge has fined the former operators of a Darwin café tens of thousands of dollars for underpaying two Taiwanese backpackers, and issued a strong warning to other rogue employers who seek to exploit vulnerable workers and tarnish Australia’s reputation overseas.
Malaysian husband-and-wife chef, kitchen hand, allegedly short-changed more than $63,000
10 Nov 2015
The former operators of a Tasmanian resort will face Court for allegedly underpaying two Malaysian visa-holders more than $63,000.
Restaurants short-changed workers $25,000
5 Nov 2015
Dozens of workers at two Alice Springs restaurants have been back-paid almost $25,000 in wages and entitlements following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Mansfield, Rutherglen workers share back-pay
4 Nov 2015
Workers at two regional Victorian accommodation businesses have been back-paid more than $15,000 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
417 visa-holders allegedly short-changed thousands
2 Nov 2015
A packing services company in Melbourne is facing Court for allegedly underpaying three employees, including two 417 working holiday visa-holders.

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