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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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Fair Work Update – Hospitality Industry Focus

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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7-Eleven store owner given record fine for exploiting workers

The owner of a Brisbane 7-Eleven store who systematically exploited workers has been fined more than $400,000, the largest penalty imposed in Australia by a court after action by the Fair Work Ombudsman     Background This case related to the underpayment of 12 employees, including a number of international students, a total of $82,661 …

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