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Mobile phone retailer faces court for allegedly short-changing visa-holder more than $4000

Legal action being taken against retailer for paying a 485 Temporary Graduate Visa employee in their mid-20's, $13.16 an hour.
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Mobile phone retailer faces court for allegedly short-changing visa-holder more than $4000

12 April 2016

The operator of a mobile phone retailer is facing Court action for allegedly underpaying an overseas worker more than $4000.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is taking legal action against the company for paying a 485 Temporary Graduate Visa employee, in their mid-20s $13.16 an hour.

However, under the General Retail Industry Award, the employee was entitled to receive between $17.98 and $18.52 for ordinary hours, more than $20 an hour for evening work and more than $37 an hour for Sunday and public holiday work.

It is alleged that superannuation and leave entitlements were also underpaid and that record-keeping and pay-slip laws were breached.

Following the investigation the company paid-back the employee in full. However they still face court action due to previously being put on notice regarding the need to pay minimum lawful entitlements.

The company faces maximum penalties of up to $51,000 per contravention and the employer faces penalties of up to $10,200 per contravention.

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