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Employment Update – April 2017 – Federal Circuit Court provides guidance on determining award coverage; FWO compliance notice upheld

The Federal Circuit Court has given some very clear guidance to employers around the steps they must take to determine appropriate award coverage for a particular business or position. This guidance comes from a very interesting case, where a religious organisation formally contested a compliance notice delivered to it by the Fair Work Ombudsman.  This…

FWO secures $2 million in back-payments from mining employer

On 9 June 2016, the FWO confirmed the securing of an Enforceable Undertaking with a Victorian based mining employer. The Undertaking sets out that since August 2015, the mining services company has been the subject of 11 requests for assistance to the FWO “relating to allegations of underpayment of wages, penalty rates and shift allowances”.…

FWO pursues accounting firm for underpayment

The Fair Work Ombudsman has recently released a statement confirming that it has commenced legal action against a Victorian accounting firm for its role in underpaying Taiwanese backpackers. The accounting firm provided payroll services to a fast food business and it is alleged that the accounting firm processed wage payments for the Taiwanese workers despite…

Be wary of work experience and interns

A radio and television program producer company has been fined $24,000 following its underpayment of two young interns over periods of 6 months and 12 months respectively. The proceedings were commenced by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO).  This was the FWO’s first prosecution for underpayment on interns since a 2013 university report (commissioned by the…

Significant penalty for adverse action claim against cancer victim

The Federal Court of Australia has penalised an employer and its director a total of $41,500 following the finding that the employer had taken adverse action against one its employees. Fair Work Ombudsman v AJR Nominees Pty Ltd & Minniti (No 1) In the substantive matter, the Federal Court heard that the employee, who had…