• Alex Halim

Underpaying Overseas Employee Attracts Year Jail

Landmark court case against underpaying boss

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.

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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

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