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A Melbourne restaurant owner and his accountant have been caught allegedly underpaying staff more than $30,000 in just two weeks.
The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges 17 workers at Dainty Sichuan were underpaid $18,190 and 13 workers at Tina's Noodle Kitchen were underpaid $12,805 in June 2016.
The employees, mainly on working holiday and student visas, were allegedly paid flat rates ranging from $10 to $22 an hour, despite working six or seven days a week and more than 10 hours per day.
Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Mark Scully says it's not okay for employers to arbitrarily determine low, flat rates of pay.
"Minimum wage rates apply to everyone in Australia - including visa-holders - and they are not negotiable".
The owner an accountant face up to $324,000 in penalties, while the two businesses involved could be fined up to $1.62 million.
The case goes to the Federal Circuit Court on August 28th.
Employers and employees seeking assistance can visit www.fairwork.gov.au or contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. The Fair Work Ombudsman also lets people make anonymous reports about wake issues at www.fairwork.gov.au/tipoff