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Meatball and Wine Bar faces court for allegedly underpaying 26 workers, including visa holders

A Melbourne restaurateur will face court after his company allegedly underpaid 26 workers including visa holders across three of his restaurants, despite having received professional advice on its wage obligations. The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against Melbourne man Matteo Bruno and his company, The Meatball and Wine Bar Pty Ltd. It is alleged 26 workers at the company’s restaurants in the Melbourne CBD, Richmond and Collingwood were

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More than $140,000 recovered for Non Compliance from Qld Companies.

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13 July 2017 The Fair Work Ombudsman has released the findings of its recent compliance campaign targeting businesses in Cairns, Innisfail, Mission Beach and surrounding areas. Fair Work Inspectors audited a total of 266 businesses across a range of industries including accommodation and food services; healthcare and social assistance; and hair and beauty. The campaign found relatively high compliance rates in the region, including: 85 per cent of businesses compliant with record keeping and payslip requirements 79 per cent

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No VIP treatment for guards

security guards

12 July 2017  – Fair Work Ombudsman   A Gold Coast security company owner is facing the Federal Circuit Court after allegedly threatening to send guard staff “straight to the dole queue” if they spoke to Fair Work Ombudsman inspectors.

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Fair Work – Fruit and veg supplier to Melbourne celebrity chefs underpaid worker $23,000

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A Victorian fruit and vegetable wholesaler that supplies to high profile Melbourne hotels and restaurants is overhauling its workplace practices after a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation found it underpaid a worker more than $23,000. Flavours Fruit and Veg has back-paid the worker in-full and agreed to commission a professional audit of its pay practices covering the previous three years and rectify any underpayments discovered. In addition, the business will make a $5000 donation to community

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Fair Work – Former Brisbane Coffee Club franchisee penalised over unlawful cash-back payment

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The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured more than $180,000 in penalties against a former Coffee Club café franchisee in Brisbane for contraventions including requiring an overseas worker on a 457 skilled worker visa to pay back $18,000 of his wages  through an unlawful cash-back payment. The penalties have been imposed after Brisbane man Saandeep Chokhani – who, with his wife, formerly owned and ran the Coffee Club franchise at the Nundah Village Shopping Centre –

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Flight Attendant compensated after theft

Recently a long serving employee of Qantas has won compensation for unfair dismissal after found stealing. After 28 years of service the Qantas flight attendant was found to have contravened the companies conduct policy when he was one of three flight attendants found to have taken alcohol whilst travelling on the Perth to Sydney flight and then mislead the investigation that uncovered the breach. Specifically, he was found to have a can and a bottle

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Fair Work – ACT – Canberra gym underpays personal trainer

Canberra gym underpays personal trainer A qualified personal trainer in Canberra who questioned his wage has been back-paid $9800 and helped to ensure his workmates are now paid correctly. The level 4 personal trainer was paid a flat rate of $21.61 an hour – the equivalent of a level 1 employee – for 19 months. He should have received a minimum of $27.45 an hour while conducting personal training sessions and fitness classes and $25.16 for general

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Fair Work – Food services and accommodation industry high on list for enforcement action, behavioural change

Food services and accommodation industry high on list for enforcement action, behavioural change The food services and accommodation industry accounted for 40 percent of Enforceable Undertakings the Fair Work Ombudsman entered with employers last financial year. Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James announced today that 43 Enforceable Undertakings were executed in 2015-16, up from 42 the previous year. Of these, 17 were employers in the food services and accommodation sector, up from 11 in 2014-15. Cafes

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Fair Work – QLD – Court sends strong message to café operators who underpaid overseas workers

Court sends strong message to café operators who underpaid overseas workers A mother-and-son business team which deliberately exploited vulnerable overseas workers has been penalised almost $200,000 and ordered to back-pay former staff tens of thousands of dollars. Café owner-operators A-Hsueh Lai and Chang Ming Liu short-changed five female staff from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea more than $54,000. Paid as little as $10 an hour, the former visa-holders were underpaid amounts ranging from $8300 to

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Fair Work – NSW – Korean backpackers short-changed

Korean backpackers short-changed Two Korean backpackers working as cleaners in Sydney were underpaid thousands of dollars in just three months. The two were in Australia on 417 working holiday visas. In March last year, they took full-time jobs with a contractor to clean at a local college. They were paid flat rates as low as $15 an hour, cash-in-hand, and received their rosters via text message. Under the Cleaning Services Award they should have received

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