July 2009

$43,425 in fines for underpayment of Perth restaurant workers
31 Jul 2009
Two companies and a director involved with Perth’s Shimizu Japanese restaurants have been fined a total of $43,425 for underpaying dozens of former workers, including young foreign workers with limited English.
Directors face court over underpayments to security workers
30 Jul 2009
The federal workplace watchdog has launched a prosecution against the directors of a security company which operated throughout the Illawarra region, alleging it underpaid three workers more than $32,000.
Security industry in spotlight as watchdog launches national campaign
30 Jul 2009
Security companies throughout Australia will be randomly audited to ensure workers are being paid properly.
Watchdog helps recover $24,000 back-pay for Toorak kitchen-hand
29 Jul 2009
The Fair Work Ombudsman has helped to recover more than $24,000 for a kitchen-hand at a Toorak restaurant.
City buildings targeted as watchdog investigates cleaners’ pay rates
28 Jul 2009
Some of Sydney’s prime CBD office buildings have been targeted for surprise night-time visits by workplace inspectors over the next two nights.
Watchdog helps to educate international students on workplace rights
27 Jul 2009
In an effort to help international students avoid being exploited at work, the Fair Work Ombudsman will conduct a workplace rights information session at the University of Newcastle this week.
Watchdog’s random audits recoup $112,000 for city convenience store workers
25 Jul 2009
Five convenience stores in Melbourne’s CBD will reimburse 88 workers $112,000 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found the employees were being underpaid.
Watchdog secures almost $12,000 back-pay for three Gold Coast workers
24 Jul 2009
Gold Coast company Suminda Pty Ltd has been ordered to back-pay three former employees a total of $11,932 following a prosecution by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Random audits find 70 per cent pass rate for Mornington Peninsula employers
24 Jul 2009
Seventy per cent of businesses randomly audited on the Mornington Peninsula are complying with workplace laws.
Perth baker faces court over alleged underpayment of delivery driver
23 Jul 2009
The federal workplace watchdog has launched a prosecution against a Perth baker, alleging it underpaid a delivery driver more than $15,000.
Sydney real estate company accused of sham contracting, underpaying salesperson
22 Jul 2009
The federal workplace watchdog has launched a prosecution against a Sydney real estate company and its director, alleging a property salesperson was underpaid more than $20,000 as a result of sham contracting.
Watchdog recovers $7000 for Gladstone worker
21 Jul 2009
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $7000 for a Gladstone manufacturing industry worker who was underpaid the minimum hourly rate over six months.
Watchdog warns employers to check redundancy payments
20 Jul 2009
The Fair Work Ombudsman is warning Western Australian employers to ensure they pay full redundancy entitlements to workers whose employment is terminated.
Fair Work Ombudsman recovers $470,000 for 700 food services workers
20 Jul 2009
More than 700 food services workers throughout Australia will be backpaid $470,000 following a national campaign to uphold their workplace rights.
Record $200,000 fine for Melbourne car wash for short-changing staff
19 Jul 2009
A Melbourne car wash and its director have been fined more than $200,000 for underpaying five staff a total of $4511.
Watchdog recovers $28,000 for labourers
17 Jul 2009
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $28,000 for two Shepparton labourers who were underpaid.
Wimmera employer to face court for allegedly underpaying staff
16 Jul 2009
The federal workplace watchdog is prosecuting an Ararat man whose former security business allegedly underpaid two employees almost $18,000.
Sydney businessman accused of underpaying Chinese workers
15 Jul 2009
A Sydney businessman will face court for allegedly underpaying seven of his former staff more than $80,000.
Gold Coast company faces court over alleged underpayments of $10,000
14 Jul 2009
The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched legal action against Gold Coast company Suminda Pty Ltd, alleging it owes three former employees more than $10,000.
Clothing retailer reimburses teenage workers $10,000 after watchdog finds shortfall in pay
13 Jul 2009
Twenty teenage girls in Adelaide have been reimbursed a total of $10,000 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were underpaid.
Melbourne fashion outlet allegedly underpaid workers almost $7000
12 Jul 2009
The federal workplace watchdog has launched a prosecution against a Melbourne men’s fashion outlet for allegedly underpaying two workers almost $7000.
Newcastle bakery failed to keep employment records, watchdog claims
10 Jul 2009
The federal workplace watchdog has launched a prosecution against a Newcastle bakery, alleging it failed to keep proper time-and-wages records for four former employees who claimed they had been underpaid.
$60,000 penalty for employer who pressured teenage workers
9 Jul 2009
The operators of a Donut King store in Tasmania have been penalised almost $60,000 after admitting they pressured nine teenage workers to sign workplace agreements which reduced their penalty rates.
Fair Work Ombudsman recoups $8000 back-pay for Goldfields couple
9 Jul 2009
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered more than $8000 in back-pay for a couple who came to Australia to manage a Goldfields retail outlet.
City convenience stores back-pay workers $50,000 after watchdog investigation
8 Jul 2009
Fifteen convenience stores in Sydney’s CBD will reimburse 80 workers more than $50,000 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found the employees were being underpaid.
80 per cent pass workplace watchdog’s Gippsland hair and beauty checks
7 Jul 2009
Eighty per cent of hair and beauty salons in Gippsland have passed random audits conducted by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Restaurant worker’s query triggers back-payments to 129 co-workers
6 Jul 2009
A young Hobart restaurant worker who believed she was being underpaid has triggered a review of the entitlements of more than 220 of her co-workers.
Helping hand for Small Business
2 Jul 2009
The Fair Work Ombudsman is developing a best practice guide specifically aimed at helping small business.
New era in Workplace Relations
1 Jul 2009
Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says he is personally excited about his new challenge of creating harmonious, productive and co-operative Australian workplaces.

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