Hair and beauty salon backpays workers $25,000 but avoid penalties after signing deal with workplace watchdog

SmartCompany, July 9, 2018

A Sydney-based beauty and hair salon has avoided paying penalties by entering into an enforceable undertaking (EU) with Australia’s workplace watchdog after admitting to underpaying seven workers more than $25,000 and failing to issue them payslips.

OKS Hair and Beauty Salon in Lidcombe drew the attention of the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) after one of its workers, a Korean national, became aware that her rate of pay was not in line with minimum pay rates in Australia.

After investigating, the FWO found that seven workers at the salon, of which at least two were Korean nationals, were being underpaid minimum rates, penalty rates, and some were being paid cash-in-hand. READ MORE: