Employer underpaying employees, spends night in jail

By Victoria Hansen and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Following a night in jail, a Northern Queensland employer who underpaid his staff has won a stay on a 12 month jail term which was imposed for defying a court order. The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) who brought the case against the owner-operator of the business, stated […]

The crackdown on retailers and restaurants has begun

Retailers and restaurants targeted for underpayments and false records with massive fines Written by Sid Sidhu and Justine Ansell, NRA Legal The crackdown on retailers, fast food stores and restaurants avoiding their obligations has well and truly begun. As predicted, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has increased its auditing activity and successfully obtained significant fines […]

Sydney restaurant fined for underpayments

7-Eleven shop owners aren’t the only employers short-changing staff and deliberately ignoring workers’ rights. A Malaysian restaurant in inner Sydney was last week fined almost $300,000 for using false records to disguise wage underpayments. Six staff members at the Mamak restaurant, five of which were visa-holders, were paid as little as $11 an hour between […]

More 7-Eleven owners fined for underpayments

The Fair Work Ombudsman has taken legal action against another 7-Eleven franchisee for underpaying 12 employees. Couple Haiyao Xu and Yiran Gu, who operated a 7-Eleven store in Parkville Melbourne, were found to have underpaid staff by over $84,000 while building up a near $3 million property portfolio. Judge Suzanne Jones said, “There can be […]