June 2016

Be prepared - wage rate changes tomorrow
30 Jun 2016
A new National Minimum Wage comes into effect from the first pay period on or after tomorrow, July 1.
$80,000 back-pay for regional workers
30 Jun 2016
The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of a recent campaign in Victoria’s Loddon-Elmore-Campaspe region.
Almost three quarters of businesses comply with record-keeping and pay-slip obligations
29 Jun 2016
The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of recent checks on the record-keeping practices of business throughout Australia.
Lettuce farm contractor signs workplace pact after short-changing almost 100 overseas workers
28 Jun 2016
Dozens of international students and working holiday visa-holders are among farm workers in regional Queensland who have been underpaid thousands of dollars.
Almost $800,000 back-pay for 83 workers
27 Jun 2016
Dozens of factory workers on the NSW Mid-North Coast have now been reimbursed a total of $795,000 after they were underpaid last year.
Woolworths trolley collection services
25 Jun 2016
The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of its Inquiry into the procurement of trolley collection services by Woolworths Ltd.
You see no evil when you hold your hands over your eyes
25 Jun 2016
They work in some of the toughest conditions.
Union faces legal action over alleged unlawful industrial action at Woolworths sites
23 Jun 2016
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal proceedings against the National Union of Workers (NUW) over alleged unlawful industrial action at two Woolworths distribution centres in Melbourne last year.
Directors exposed as we lift the corporate veil
23 Jun 2016
Each day, my Agency hears about what is happening in Australian workplaces from hundreds of workers and their bosses.
Woolworths’ supply chain in spotlight, with allegations of cleaners being short-changed
23 Jun 2016
Just weeks after expressing concern about the ongoing exploitation of vulnerable trolley collectors at Woolworths supermarkets, the Fair Work Ombudsman is seeking to shine a light on alleged underpayments in another of the company’s supply chains.
Record penalty against 7-Eleven operator who systematically exploited staff
21 Jun 2016
A record penalty of more than $400,000 has been imposed against the operators of a 7-Eleven store which systematically exploited its workers.
Fast food operator allegedly underpaid Korean employees $108,000, fabricated records
20 Jun 2016
The owner-operator of a chain of fast food outlets in Sydney is facing Court for allegedly underpaying 11 Korean employees more than $108,000 and fabricating employment records.
Record penalties and landmark Order making businessman personally liable for back-payments
20 Jun 2016
A federal judge has imposed record penalties and a precedent-setting Court Order for a businessman to personally back-pay employees following a case involving the “calculated and deliberate” underpayment of security guards on the Gold Coast.
Brisbane barista paid $10 an hour
17 Jun 2016
A Brisbane café which paid a young barista as little as $10 an hour has been cautioned over its workplace practices.
Taiwanese company faces Court for refusing to back-pay two Filipino workers almost $62,000
16 Jun 2016
A Taiwanese-registered manufacturing corporation which makes and installs animal feed mills in regional NSW will face court for failing to co-operate with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Gascoyne and Mid-West campaign results
15 Jun 2016
The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of a recent campaign in Western Australia’s Gascoyne and Mid-West regions.
$41,200 penalty for former transport operator over deliberate underpayment of truck drivers
14 Jun 2016
The Federal Circuit Court has penalised the former operator of a transport company which underpaid 12 of its casual drivers more than $143,000.
Perth restaurant signs workplace pact after short-changing overseas workers $14,000
10 Jun 2016
Two overseas workers at a Japanese restaurant in Perth have been back-paid almost $14,000 after a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation revealed they had been underpaid.
Queensland strawberry farm faces Court for allegedly short-changing workers
9 Jun 2016
The Fair Work Ombudsman is seeking to overhaul the practices of a Queensland strawberry farm it alleges flouts workplace laws and underpays its workers.
Roadhouse operator faces Court for allegedly withholding paid parental leave funding
8 Jun 2016
The former operator of a roadhouse in regional NSW will face Court for allegedly withholding more than $11,000 in Government-funded parental leave payments it was required to pay to a visa-holder, the Fair Work Ombudsman alleges.
Mining services company short-changes 205 employees more than $2 million
7 Jun 2016
A Victorian-based mining services company is repaying more than $2 million to workers who were short-changed over four years.
Webinar to deliver a guide to small businesses
6 Jun 2016
The Fair Work Ombudsman will this week team with the Australian Taxation Office, Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to deliver a Webinar aimed at assisting small business employers prepare for the new financial year.
Are you in for a share of $2 million?
6 Jun 2016
The Fair Work Ombudsman is on the hunt for thousands of workers owed a total of more than $2 million by their former employers.
Take-away food outlet allegedly used ‘internship’ program to exploit young Korean workers
4 Jun 2016
A take-away food outlet in regional NSW is to face Court for allegedly using an unlawful ‘internship’ program to exploit three young overseas workers.
Court sends media company a “serious message” with $272,000 penalty over unpaid internship
4 Jun 2016
The Federal Circuit Court has imposed a $272,850 penalty against a media company to send it a “serious message” not to disguise employment relationships as unpaid internships.

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