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$200,000 penalty for terminating overseas worker by text message

Source: Fair Work Ombudsman  The former owner-operator of an Indian restaurant in Perth has been penalised more than $200,000 after paying an overseas cook nothing for almost four months’ work then sacking him by text message for taking a day of sick leave. Simon Peter Mackenzie, who owned and ran The Curry Tree restaurant in Nedlands was …

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457 Sponsor’s Training Benchmark Obligations

Overview Businesses operating in Australia seeking to hire and sponsor talented migrant workers should be aware of the requirements associated with training Australian citizens and permanent residents. Currently, businesses operating for more than 12 months must meet either Training Benchmark A or B as set out below when seeking to apply for Business Sponsorship under …

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Record $660K Penalty Against Employer For Exploiting Refugee

Source: HRD The former owner of a fruit market in Melbourne and his company have been handed a record fine of $660,000 after ignoring warnings by the Fair Work Ombudsman and allowing an employee on a refugee visa to go weeks without pay. The substantial penalty is the latest in a series of crackdowns on …

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Widespread Crackdowns on Dodgy Labour Hire Companies

Source: Workplace Info South Australia has announced it will introduce legislation to weed out “dodgy” labour hire companies and to make the labour hire industry safer. The state government will introduce a state-based licensing scheme that would make it unlawful to operate as a labour hire provider without a licence. Significant penalties may be introduced …

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Bitter Deal for Oliver Brown Chocolate Café Workers

The Fair Work Ombudsman is taking an Oliver Brown café franchisee to Court alleging that 12 employees – including seven overseas workers – of the Oliver Brown chocolate café on the Gold Coast were underpaid more than $24,000. Facing the Federal Circuit Court are the franchise company, Oliver Brown Soul Pty Ltd, which operates the …

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$447,300 Penalty for Cleaning Company Treating Migrant Workers As “Slaves”

Operators of a Sydney cleaning company face near-record penalties of $447,300 for treating vulnerable migrant workers as “slaves”. The Federal Court has found that Grouped Property Services deliberately exploited 51 non-English speaking workers, who were predominately foreign nationals on temporary visas, by underpaying them  amounts ranging from $58 to $23,474. According to a Fair Work Ombudsman …

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Coffee Club franchisee in Court over 457 visa fraud

A Coffee Club café franchisee in Brisbane allegedly coerced an overseas worker to repay $18,000 of his wages by threatening to cancel his 457 skilled worker visa if he didn’t do so.  The accusations come amid the Turnbull Government’s proposed changes to the 457 visas which are common in Australia’s cooking profession. Summary A Coffee …

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Company accused of “slavery”, penalised $227,300

Source: HC Online A labour-hire company and its director have been penalised $227,300 for underpaying employees and luring them to Australia with false promises. Maroochy Sunshine has been penalised $186,000 and its sole director, Emmanuel Bani, an additional $41,300 in the Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane after legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Twenty-two …

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Selling Visas Not Pizzas

Dodgy Migration Practices To Be Met With Severe Penalties The recent Fairfax investigation into the popular pizza fast good chain ‘Dominos’ has uncovered not only practices of underpayment of migrant workers, but also exposed “selling” sponsorship activity by franchisees who were offering visa sponsorship for $30,000-150,000. The Fairfax Investigation, ‘The Domino’s effect’ uncovered issues of …

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