On-the-spot fines, warnings for Darwin massage shops, nail salons underpaying workers

Eight on-the-spot fines of up to $550 have been issued to massage and nail salons in Darwin for breaches of federal workplace laws.

Spotlight turns to WA’s Gascoyne and Mid-West

The Fair Work Ombudsman is randomly auditing up to 125 businesses across the Gascoyne and Mid-West regions of Western Australia as part of a new campaign.

Marine company used training program to disguise underpayment of Fijian workers, rules Court

A businessman who underpaid two Fijian workers in Adelaide thousands of dollars through a purported ‘training program’ has been fined $8000.

Townsville fast-food workers share $7600 back-pay

Eight staff at a Townsville fast-food café have shared in $7600 back-pay after the Fair Work Ombudsman found the business was inadvertently short-changing the workers.

Young bicycle courier allegedly short-changed $7600

A bicycle courier in Melbourne was underpaid more than $7000 after his employer breached sham contracting laws and misclassified him as an independent contractor, the Fair Work Ombudsman alleges.

Canberra businesses earmarked for attention

The Fair Work Ombudsman will randomly audit dozens of Canberra businesses over the next few weeks as part of its latest education and compliance campaign in the ACT.

Chinese, Filipino workers short-changed $873,000 and housed in overcrowded accommodation

A Taiwanese company which brought dozens of Chinese and Filipino workers into Australia to work in regional NSW underpaid them by more than $873,000 and housed them in overcrowded accommodation, a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation has concluded.

Nando’s restaurant withheld wages and short-changed Korean worker thousands of dollars

A Nando’s restaurant withheld the first two weeks’ wages from a new staff member in a bid to ensure the employee stayed in the job for at least three months, a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation has revealed.

Hairdressing operator fined $162,000 over underpayment of young salon employees

The Federal Circuit Court has imposed an unprecedented injunction restraining a NSW hairdresser from underpaying any staff he employs in the future.

Growers warned about unscrupulous contractors

The Fair Work Ombudsman is warning fruit and vegetable growers in and around Stanthorpe, in Queensland, to be wary of contractors offering cheap labour.