In the case of Fair Work Ombudsman v Gaura Nitai Pty Ltd & Anor  FCCA 1242 (13 June 2017), the Fair Work Ombudsman (the Ombudsman) has announced that it has recently secured more than $180,000 in penalties against a former Coffee Club café franchisee in Brisbane for contraventions including requiring an overseas worker on a 457 Skilled Worker Visa to pay back $18,000 of his wages through an unlawful cash-back payment.
In the recent case of Fair Work Ombudsman v Grouped Property Services Pty Ltd (No 2)  FCA 557 (24 May 2017), the Fair Work Ombudsman (the Ombudsman) has secured near-record penalties of $447,300 against the operators of a Sydney-based cleaning company, with the Federal Court finding the company treated vulnerable employees as “slaves” under a “calculated” scheme.
A fashion industry start-up that appeared on the reality TV show Shark Tank, is reportedly facing Court action for allegedly running an unlawful unpaid internship program and underpaying three workers more than $40,000.
On 25 May 2017, The Queensland Government introduced the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 into Parliament. The bill would see labour workers protected from exploitation and restore confidence in the labour hire industry. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace explained that the licensing scheme introduced by the Bill is the only viable option following widespread evidence of rorting and exploitation of workers. Ms Grace further iterated that the Federal Government’s inability to address these issues has forced the Queensland Government to ‘going it alone’.
The operators of an inner-Sydney restaurant who were penalised almost $300,000 for exploiting overseas workers in 2016, are again facing legal action, accused of further underpayments.
FREE legislation news, delivered daily.
Sign up now.#WeLoveLegislation Tweets
NEW information resources - great for training.