Posts Tagged ‘compliance’

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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SMEs must ensure workplace compliance

importance of immigration compliance

End of financial year is a significant time for SMEs and with one of the most complex workplace relations systems in the world, it is essential that business owners stay updated and compliant with the changes that come into effect on, or after 1 July 2017. Recent research conducted by Union NSW into migrant work…

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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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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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Record $126,000 penalty against Brisbane businessman for underpaying employees

A legal action initiated by the Fair Work Ombudsman has resulted in a penalty of $126,540 against a businessman “centrally involved” in a Brisbane cleaning company, the highest ever penalty secured by the FWO against an individual. In a press release, the FWO outlines the penalty against businessman Bijal Girish Sheth, who was involved with…

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Fair Work Update – Hospitality Industry Focus

food services and accommodation industry

The Fair Work Ombudsman has announced in a media release today that the food services and accommodation industry remains high on its list for enforcement action, in an effort to drive behavioural change and improve work conditions in the industry. The food services and accommodation industry accounted for 40 percent of Enforceable Undertakings the Fair Work Ombudsman entered…

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Record fine for 7-Eleven pay scam

record fine for 7-Eleven pay scam

A 7-Eleven operator in Sydney has been penalised a record $214,200 for deliberately short-changing two migrant employees and falsifying records. Harmandeep Singh Sarkaria – who owns and operates the 7-Eleven at Bankstown – has been penalised $35,700 and his company Amritsaria Four Pty Ltd a further $178,500. They are the largest penalties secured against a 7-Eleven franchisee…

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Implementing new "Charging for a Migration Outcome" laws

On 14 December 2015, new criminal and civil penalties and visa cancellation provisions were introduced as part of a framework that allows for sanctions to be imposed on a person who asks for, receives, offers or provides a benefit in return for a visa sponsorship or employment that requires visa sponsorship. The new legislation signals…

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