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VLog: Single Touch Payroll and the implications on employee work rights

As a follow-up to his recent article on Single-Touch Payroll, in this 3 minute video, Matt talks about STP and the implications of the ATO’s Data Sharing Program on the Department of Home Affairs’ ability to automate audits of Australian

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Single Touch Payroll & Employee Work Rights

Single Touch Payroll is coming July 1, 2018 (less than 5 weeks from now), sees the introduction of Single Touch Payroll in Australia for companies with 20 or more employees. Ultimately STP is about the ATO having timely access to data on paid employees. Typically the ATO has only been getting information on employees pays,

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NZ, UK Top List for Character Visa Cancellations

Visa cancellations hit record high Statistics released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection indicate that visa cancellations are now at a record high. In the year ended 30 June 2017, 1,284 visas were cancelled on character grounds, up by 30% from the figure to June 2016. In 2010-11, only 137 visas were cancelled

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Taiwanese company paid employees as little as $4.90 an hour

taiwanese company underpays employees
The Fair Work Ombudsman recently took legal action against a manufacturing business that illegally exploited dozens of Chinese and Filipino workers for as little as $4.90 an hour. Taiwanese company, Chia Tung Development Corp and director Michael Chen-Fa Lin., brought over 43 temporary visa-holders two years ago to work as welders, metal fabricators and electricians installing animal feed mills

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Cairns businessman jailed for running visa scam

A FORMER Cairns business man has been jailed for setting up a visa scam to exploit disadvantaged people wanting to move to Australia. Between January 2006 and June 2009, Sukhwant Sona Singh Bhela misrepresented himself as a registered migration agent and brought 43 applicants into the country through the elaborate visa scam. His offending included

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7-Eleven Franchise Fined Heavily – Just the Tip of the Iceberg

7-eleven franchise fined heavily
This week a 7-Eleven store whose owners systematically exploited workers has been fined more than $400,000. This is one of the largest penalties imposed by the Fair Work Ombudsman in Australia. The 7-Eleven store owner, Mr Sheng-Chieh Lo and his company Mai Pty Ltd have been fined on the basis that the: underpaid 12 employees a total of $82,661 implemented

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New tax system for Backpacker’s on working visas delayed

A new tax system for backpackers on working visas was due to come into effect from July 1 this year. The changes would have seen working travellers taxed 32.5 cents from the first dollar they earned with a $18,200 tax-free threshold being delayed. Citrus SA committee member and citrus grower Mark Doecke said Australia’s horticultural industries relied

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Who will step up & reform our workplace relations enforcement regime?

For months we’ve been inundated with reports of exploited temporary migrant workers across Australia. 7-Eleven has dominated the headlines but it is very clear that wage theft is rife across many Australian workforce sectors. Some of these unfortunate 7-Eleven workers are now finally receiving payment of their stolen wages through the independent Professor Allan Fels wage

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90% of international workers being underpaid in the Retail sector

A recent survey by the University of Sydney’s business school (of 1400 + students) revealed that 80% of international students working in restaurants across Sydney were being exploited, with up to 35% of students being paid as little as $12 per hour. Overall, 60% of international students living in Sydney were paid below the federally

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“OUCH” Hefty Penalties for Hiring Unlawful Workers

Fines
The 2013 Employers Sanctions Act gives the Department of Home Affairs a wide range of possible sanctions which can be imposed on employers and agencies: Warning – generally an Illegal Worker Warning Notice (IWWN) will be issued on the first offence Infringement Notice – if the conduct continues, the Department can issue an infringement notice

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