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Fair Work – VIC – Real estate agent counselled on workplace obligations after paying visa-holder $9 hr

Real estate agent counselled on workplace obligations after paying visa-holder $9 hr A real estate agent in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn has received extensive advice and assistance about its workplace obligations after paying a visa-holder just $9 an hour. The business has also agreed to back-pay the 28-year-old Chinese worker $5000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman found he was being underpaid. The employee, who was on a 485 temporary graduate visa, was paid less

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Fair Work – WA – Perth restaurant chain faces Court

Perth restaurant chain faces Court The operator of a popular restaurant chain in Perth is facing legal action and an ongoing investigation over alleged serious breaches of workplace relations laws relating to overseas workers. Facing Court is Tram Hoang Han, who controls the Han’s Café franchise and directly owns two restaurants. Three companies of which she is currently the sole director are also facing legal proceedings – Han Investments Pty Ltd, Han’s Café Management Pty

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Fair Work – SA – $23000 back-pay for Limestone Coast workers

$23,000 back-pay for Limestone Coast workers The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of a recent campaign in South Australia’s Limestone Coast region. Spot checks of 128 employers found: 98 (77 per cent) were paying their employees correctly, 86 (67 per cent) were compliant with record-keeping and pay-slip obligations, and 72 (56 per cent) were compliant with all their responsibilities. Twenty-three businesses were asked to back-pay a total of $23,453 to 49 of their

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Fair Work – SA – Court penalties of $93,000 and $374,000 back-pay order against Adelaide transport company

Court penalties of $93,000 and $374,000 back-pay order against Adelaide transport company An Adelaide transport company has been penalised a total of $93,000 and been ordered to back-pay 10 truck drivers more than $374,000. The Industrial Relations Court of South Australia has imposed the penalty and Order against Largs North-based Atkins Freight Services, which transports bulk petroleum products into the Northern Territory, NSW and Western Australia. The Court decisions follow an investigation and legal action

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Fair Work – VIC – Court penalises 7-Eleven operators $150,000 for underpayment of overseas workers

Court penalises 7-Eleven operators $150,000 for underpayment of overseas workers More 7-Eleven franchisees have been penalised for underpaying overseas workers. Husband-and-wife Haiyao Xu and Yiran Gu have been penalised $20,000 each. The Federal Circuit Court has also penalised their company Hiyi Pty Ltd a further $110,000. The couple previously ran a 7-Eleven store at Parkville, in suburban Melbourne. They now operate another in the CBD. The Fair Work Ombudsman took legal action against the franchisees

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Fair Work – VIC – Melbourne company faces legal action over failure to pay compensation to overseas worker

Melbourne company faces legal action over failure to pay compensation to overseas worker A Melbourne-based company is facing Court for allegedly ignoring a Fair Work Commission order to compensate an overseas worker it had unfairly dismissed. The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court against Monochromatic Engineering Pty Ltd, which operates a business manufacturing laser alignment instruments. Also facing Court is company director and part-owner Zoran Crvenkovic, of Melbourne. The

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Fair Work – ACT – ACT campaign returns $16k to local workers

ACT campaign returns $16k to local workers The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of a recent campaign in the ACT. Spot checks of 76 local businesses found: 43 (57 per cent) were compliant with all their workplace responsibilities, 57(75 per cent) were paying their employees correctly, and 58 (76 per cent) were compliant with their record-keeping and pay-slip obligations. Nineteen businesses were asked to back-pay a total of $16,385 to 24 of their

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Fair Work – VIC – $80,000 back-pay for regional workers

$80,000 back-pay for regional workers The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of a recent campaign in Victoria’s Loddon-Elmore-Campaspe region. Spot checks of 251 businesses across the region found: 173 (69 per cent) were paying their employees correctly, 149 (59 per cent) were compliant with their record-keeping and pay-slip obligations, 113 (45 per cent) were compliant with all their responsibilities. Sixty three employers were asked to back-pay a total of $80,116 to 183 of

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Fair Work – QLD – Lettuce farm contractor signs workplace pact after short-changing almost 100 overseas workers

Lettuce farm contractor signs workplace pact after short-changing almost 100 overseas workers Dozens of international students and working holiday visa-holders are among farm workers in regional Queensland who have been underpaid thousands of dollars. The overseas workers – from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Africa, France, Germany, Italy and the UK – were employed by labour contractor Team Search Harvesting. They planted, weeded and picked lettuce on Story Fresh farms in the Darling Downs and Lockyer Valley

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Fair Work – Findings – Woolworths trolley collection services

Woolworths trolley collection services The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of its Inquiry into the procurement of trolley collection services by Woolworths Ltd. When visiting 130 Woolworths’ sites across Australia, Fair Work inspectors found some trolley collectors being paid rates as low as $10 an hour. When the Inquiry commenced, the minimum adult hourly rate was between $18.01 and $22.51, depending on whether the workers were full-time, part-time or casual employees. More than

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