Underpaying Overseas Employee Attracts Year Jail
This morning, I read a very interesting article in Australia Financial Review titled "Underpaying boss facing year in prison". The article is about a court case outcome where the director of a Queensland tour company that underpaid visa workers has been jailed in a landmark contempt of court case brought by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Therefore, we would to remind our corporate clients about their sponsorship obligation:
cooperate with inspectors
ensure equivalent terms and conditions of employment
provide information to us when certain events occur
ensure the primary sponsored person works or participates in the nominated occupation, program or activity
not recover, transfer or take actions that would result in another person paying certain costs
pay travel costs to enable sponsored persons to leave Australia
pay costs incurred by the Commonwealth to locate and remove unlawful non-citizens.
The full article about the landmark court case can be read on: http://www.afr.com/news/policy/industrial-relations/fair-work-ombudsman-action-sees-underpaying-boss-sentenced-to-12-months-jail-20180512-h0zzsc