Toys ‘R’ Us under fire for underpaying workers

One of Australia’s biggest toy retailers, Toys R Us, has come under fire from the Fair Work Ombudsman for allegedly underpaying more than 700 workers across the country.

The retailer has been accused of underpaying 700 staff members, most of them casual employees and under the age of 18. The company is now facing more than $600,000 in penalties for the alleged breaches of national workplace laws.

“It is alleged that hundreds of the company’s workplace agreements were invalid because they failed either the fairness test or no disadvantage test,” a statement from the office of the Fair Work Ombudsman said.

“The alleged underpayments were of entitlements including the minimum casual hourly rate and penalty rates for weekend, public holiday and night shifts.”

The company is due to face the Federal Magistrates Court in Sydney next month.

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