Extrados Solutions exploits young Chinese 457 visa worker

Extrados Solutions exploits young Chinese 457 visa worker

IT Consultancy fined $21,420 by the Fair Work Ombudsman

Brisbane IT consultancy, Extrados Solutions, has been fined $21,420 and ordered to back-pay a young Chinese worker more than $10,000.

The employee, aged in his early 20s, was a Chinese national on a 457 work visa who spoke limited English.

He worked for Extrados Solutions last year.

Extrados Solutions was penalised $17,850 and company director, Peter Johnson, a further $3570.

The Brisbane Federal Circuit Court imposed the penalties following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The legal proceedings followed a failure by Extrados Solutions and Johnson to comply with a Compliance Notice issued by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The formal notice – one of a number of compliance tools used by the Fair Work Ombudsman - required the company to back-pay the employee who had not been paid wages for work performed.

Judge Michael Jarrett has also ordered the company to back-pay the employee a total of $10,813 in wages and annual leave entitlements owed to him.

Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, said inspectors made extensive efforts to facilitate back-payment of the worker before legal proceedings were commenced.

“This employer is now facing a Court order for back-payment as well as a penalty which could have been avoided if it had co-operated with us in the first instance,” she said.

“The failure to back-pay the outstanding wages is not only a fundamental breach of workplace laws and the employee’s rights, it’s also proven to be a poor business decision.”

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Tags 457 visaFair Work OmbudsmanIT consultancy Extrados SolutionsFair Work Ombudsman Natalie JamesChinese workerBrisbane Federal Circuit CourtPeter JohnsonJudge Michael Jarrett


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