Software companies operating within the Australian border and which have foreign staff have been notified to adhere to the country's minimum wage. This happened after two Korean nationals were saved by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) when they intervened in their case. The FWO revealed on Tuesday how it dealt with two payment technologies companies based in Sydney, Australia over the matter of paying rates as low as $6 per hour to workers. The intervention of the FWO was incited by the call for help from two Korean migrant workers over the low pay they received. Bum Soo Lee, the director of the two companies, had been found to have paid very low rates running between $6 and $24 to the two Korean employees who had been working there for 12 months from July 2016 to October 2017. Sandra Parker from Fair Work Ombudsman stressed FWO's intolerance for employers in the country who thought they could be so unlawful in paying such low rates to foreigners in the country. She said that FWO could take measures such as giving these employers a court-enforceable undertaking to sign. The undertaking will demand that they paid all arrears they owed their workers and are subjected to close supervision by the FWO.

No worker should be treated any less than the other in Australia

She went on to say that Australia's pay rates applied to every worker in the country irrespective of their visa status. According to her, workers were free to contact the FWO with their concerns. The repayment amounts recovered from the two companies on behalf of the two Koreans on work visas were not so much, but the $34,429 paid to them sure made a loud statement to their employers and other businesses in the country that had been in this unlawful practice. The action had sent a clear signal to other visa holders in the country who might be in the predicament to come forward to FWO to report their employers. Stay connected to www.visaweekly.com to get updates on Visa and Immigration news from Australia, Canada, Europe, the UK and, the US!  We will also assist with the better visa process. Please approach us for the smooth and quick visa process.

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