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Fair Work – NSW – Fish and chip shop workers underpaid $40k

Fish and chip shop workers underpaid $40k The operators of two fish and chip shops in the Newcastle region of NSW have agreed to back-pay workers almost $40,000 following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman. The underpaid employees worked at ‘Steel Street Fish Market’ outlets at the Marketown Shopping Centre and the Charlestown Square Shopping Centre. Fair Work inspectors audited the businesses last year after receiving requests for assistance from employees. They found that

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Fair Work – QLD – Gold Coast business back-pays workers $56,000

Gold Coast business back-pays workers $56,000 A Gold Coast family business that withheld the entitlements of two employees is back-paying them $56,000 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman. The two workers were terminated without being paid their annual leave entitlements for nine years of service, or wages in lieu of notice. After educating the employer about its workplace obligations, the Fair Work Ombudsman worked with the business to come up with a repayment plan

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Fair Work – National clothing chain back-pays workers $162k

National clothing chain back-pays workers $162k Dozens of staff at a high-end national clothing company have been back-paid more than $162,100 following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman. What started with one employee seeking assistance for unpaid wages ultimately resulted in back-payments for 36 workers across stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. The employer was paying its casual adult sales assistants a flat rate of $21 an hour, which was not enough to

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Fair Work – VIC – Restaurant failed to check wage rates and underpaid Korean, Japanese visa-holders $40,000

Restaurant failed to check wage rates and underpaid Korean, Japanese visa-holders $40,000 A Korean migrant who opened a restaurant in Melbourne last year without checking the wages applicable to his business has now been required to back-pay more than $40,000 to four of his former staff. Businessman Kevin Pak paid four overseas backpackers – one from Korea and three from Japan – flat rates of $15 and $16 to work as kitchen hands and food

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Fair Work – WA – Pilbara mine workers back-paid $240,600

Pilbara mine workers back-paid $240,600 A labour-hire company has back-paid 13 workers a total of $240,600 after they did not receive their termination entitlements at a mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The employees were stood down after less than one year of service because their host employer cancelled its work at the mine. However, the workers, including labourers, riggers, carpenters, diesel fitters and an electrician, did not receive outstanding wages, redundancy, accrued annual leave,

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Fair Work – SA – $90,000 penalties for contractors who paid their trolley collectors as little as $8 an hour

$90,000 penalties for contractors who paid their trolley collectors as little as $8 an hour Trolley collection contractors who were once part of supply chains for Woolworths, Coles and Foodland have been penalised more than $90,000 after overseas workers at Adelaide shopping centres were paid as little as $8 an hour. Adelaide man Ki Bok Jin, who deliberately underpaid the workers through his now defunct trolley collecting company South Jin Pty Ltd, has been penalised

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Changes to the taking of Annual Leave

Changes to the taking of Annual Leave For years there has been the ongoing struggle between employers and employees in respect to how much leave they have accrued and when they need to take it. As of the first pay period after the 29th July 2016, the rules have slightly changed in many of the modern awards. Paid out Annual Leave In most Modern Awards a new clause has been added allowing employees to request

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Fair Work – Yogurberry master franchisor faces Court over alleged underpayment of overseas workers

Yogurberry master franchisor faces Court over alleged underpayment of overseas workers The head Australian company and master franchisor of the Yogurberry frozen yoghurt chain faces legal action for allegedly short-changing young overseas workers thousands of dollars. Four Korean nationals with limited English were in Australia on 417 working holiday visas when they were allegedly underpaid almost $18,000. According to the Fair Work Ombudsman, the backpackers were paid just $8 an hour for up to six

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Fair Work – Qld – Restaurant penalised over underpayments

Restaurant penalised over underpayments The operators of a Queensland restaurant have been penalised a total of $21,000 after paying a young Chinese backpacker just $10 an hour. The Federal Circuit Court imposed the penalties following an investigation and legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman. The worker, aged in her 20s and who speaks limited English, was in Australia on a 417 working holiday visa when she took a job at the Fire and Stone

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Fair Work – Vic – Melbourne burger bar operator faces court for allegedly exploiting young, overseas workers

Melbourne burger bar operator faces court for allegedly exploiting young, overseas workers. The operator of a Melbourne burger bar is facing the Federal Circuit Court after allegedly exploiting a number of young and overseas workers. The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against Todd Patrick Buzza, who owns and runs the Burger Buzz outlet on Sydney Road, Brunswick – and formerly operated a Burger Buzz outlet on Peel Street, West Melbourne. Also facing Court

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