It has been reported that Australian consumers who paid a premium price for Nurofen's "misleading" targeted pain relief pills, can apply for compensation after the manufacturer (Reckitt Benckiser) agreed to settle a class action lawsuit. Reckitt Benckiser will pay $3.5 million to customers who purchased the painkillers between 2011 and 2015.
In February 2017 we reported that the Federal Government had established an inquiry to be run by the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (the Joint Committee) into what has become known as "modern slavery" in Australia. The inquiry's key tasks to is to consider whether Australia should adopt legislation similar to that already enacted in the UK, namely the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
In the case of Mahajan v Burgess Rawson & Associates Pty Ltd  FCCA 1560 (6 July 2017), the Federal Circuit Court (Melbourne) has decided a commercial real estate firm unlawfully dismissed an administrative assistant in the last week of her probation period because she was pregnant and took leave days to deal with illness, despite the company arguing work performance issues led to the dismissal.
The franchisee of two Subway outlets in Sydney is facing Court for allegedly short-changing a worker more than $16,000. The Fair Work Ombudsman (the Ombudsman) has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against Danmin “Irene” Zhang, who, with her husband, owns Subway franchise outlets at Artarmon and Stanmore, Sydney. Also facing Court is the company Ms Zhang and her husband operate, G & Z United Pty Ltd.
The operator of a 24-hour café in Melbourne’s Crown Casino precinct is facing Court for allegedly undercutting minimum wage and penalty rates despite having been put on notice, resulting in 54 employees being underpaid more than $70,000.
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