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Fair Work – NSW – Taiwanese company faces Court for refusing to back-pay two Filipino workers almost $62,000

Fair Work – NSW – Taiwanese company faces Court for refusing to back-pay two Filipino workers almost $62,000 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. The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court  against Chia Tung Development Corp Ltd and its director Michael Chen-Fa Lin. It is the second time the Agency

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Fair Work – NSW – $41,200 penalty for former transport operator over deliberate underpayment of truck drivers

$41,200 penalty for former transport operator over deliberate underpayment of truck drivers The Federal Circuit Court has penalised the former operator of a transport company which underpaid 12 of its casual drivers more than $143,000. Judge Justin Smith imposed a total penalty of $41,208 against Woolgoolga man Sumerdeep Singh, including a penalty for record-keeping contraventions that is 90 per cent of the maximum. Singh’s former company, Sumer Bagri Pty Ltd, previously delivered groceries on the

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Fair Work – QLD – Queensland strawberry farm faces Court for allegedly short-changing workers

Queensland strawberry farm faces Court for allegedly short-changing workers The Fair Work Ombudsman is seeking to overhaul the practices of a Queensland strawberry farm it alleges flouts workplace laws and underpays its workers. The farm employs up to 200 workers during the picking season. Facing court is strawberry farm owner Hour (George) Him, his company I Luv Pty Ltd and his partner Tay-Duc Nguyen, the operations manager. They operate a strawberry farm on Newlands Road

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Fair Work – Are you in for a share of $2 million?

Fair Work – Are you in for a share of $2 million? The Fair Work Ombudsman is on the hunt for thousands of workers owed a total of more than $2 million by their former employers. The Agency is currently holding $2.18 million in trust for 9467 people who were underpaid in a former job but who cannot be located. The unpaid wages and entitlements were collected as a result of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s

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Reminder – Increase in minimum Wages

Increase in minimum Wages The Minimum Wage has been increased by the Fair Work Commission by 2.4%. The increase will be applicable from the first full pay period on or after 1st July, 2016. The new minimum wages will be $672.70 per week, or $17.70 per hour. Who gets the increase? Employees who’s pay rates are from the national minimum wage, a modern award or in some cases, a registered agreement.  The national minimum wage

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Fair Work – NSW – Western Sydney sales manager underpaid $31,000

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26 April 2016 A wholesale business in Western Sydney is back-paying a sales manager more than $31,000 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman. The male employee in his 50s, who worked for the Chester Hill business for 18 years, requested assistance after he was not paid his full entitlements upon resignation. The employee was not paid-out his outstanding wages, annual leave entitlements, travel allowances and long service leave entitlements. After a Fair Work officer

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Nicknames – Whats in a name

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I remember as a child hearing the saying “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me”. This saying is rubbish! Nicknames can hurt. Firstly, if my leg gets broken, I go to the hospital, have some time off work and hopefully there is no scare or signs of a break and I go about doing what I do. However, when people use words, they have the ability to wound deeply

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Fair Work – NSW – Sydney restaurant workers back-paid almost $65,000

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22 April 2016 A Canley Heights restaurant has had to back-pay 11 employees almost $65,000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman found the workers were being short-changed. The employer was paying kitchen hands, cooks and six waiting staff minimum hourly rates for all hours worked. The workers were paid flat rates of between $18.47 and $19.10 an hour, but they were not being paid penalty rates for weekends or public holidays. Under the Restaurant Industry Award,

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Clocking On & Clocking Off

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One useful way to record when your staff start work is to utilize swipe card, or clock cards. The idea being that the member of staff has to physically “swipe” their card which imprints the date and time recorded. To ensure it is the staff named on the card, employers nowadays include physical recognition such as facial recognition, finger prints or palm prints. Every card remains an official copy of the company’s payroll records. The

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Fair Work – VIC – $5100 penalty over failure to pay compensation

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$5100 penalty over failure to pay compensation 11 April 2016 The former operator of a Melbourne hair and beauty business has been penalised $5100 for ignoring a Fair Work Commission order to compensate an employee who had been unfairly dismissed. Maria Raimondi, who formerly operated the Raimondi Hair and Day Spa at Eltham, has received the penalty in the Federal Circuit Court. The penalty is the result of legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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