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Cafe brews $196,000 fines for ripping off staff

A MOTHER and her business partner son brewed up $196,000 in penalties after ripping off five staff.

Brisbane's A-Hsueh Lai and Chang Ming Liu short-changed the Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korean nationals more than $54,000 while they were working in Australia.

Collecting as little as $10 an hour, the women were underpaid between $8300 and  $18,000 as employees of the Japanese Sakuraya café in Eight Mile Plains between 2013 and 2014.

They were entitled to more than $18 for ordinary hours and penalty rates of $21 to $50 for weekend, weeknight and public holiday work.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said the employees were often promised higher wages  if they passed "tea-making tests" set by their employer.

However, their wages were docked for the cost of any drinks that were "deemed to have failed".

Fair Work legal action resulted in Lai and Liu being penalised $28,000 each and their company, Sakuraya Warrigal Pty Ltd, copping $140,000 in fines.

Judge Salvatore Vasta also ordered the pair repay all outstanding wages and entitlements totalling $54,594 as well as costs of $12,000.

Ms James said Liu was warned of his "obligations" following complaints from other employees in 2012.

"Lai and Liu made a series of submissions in court about why they believed they should receive only a fraction of the applicable maximum penalties," Ms James said.

"These included that … English was their second language and they did not fully understand their obligations to employees in Australia.

"They also asserted that the employees never complained about being paid $10 an hour and that their accountant had failed to advise them of their record-keeping and pay-slip obligations."

- ARM NEWSDESK


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