October 2011

$27,000 back-pay for Wollongong workers
31 Oct 2011
A number of workers at Wollongong in regional NSW have been back-paid a total of $27,300 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Courts impose $2.1 million in penalties
28 Oct 2011
Court-ordered penalties as a result of litigations commenced by the Fair Work Ombudsman amounted to more than $2.1 million last financial year.
Free seminar to assist Kalgoorlie employers
28 Oct 2011
The Fair Work Ombudsman will conduct a free seminar for employers at Kalgoorlie, in regional Western Australia, to assist them understand key features of workplace laws.
Naracoorte employee back-paid $7000
27 Oct 2011
An employee at Naracoorte in regional South Australia has been back-paid a total of $7000 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
$57,000 recovered for deceased worker’s estate
26 Oct 2011
The estate of a Gippsland worker who believed he was not paid his full entitlements - but died before he was able to make a complaint - has been reimbursed a total of $57,000 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
$6 million back-pay for Qld employees
25 Oct 2011
The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $6.082 million back-pay for 5142 workers in Queensland last financial year.
$384,000 back-pay for ACT employees
25 Oct 2011
The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $384,857 back-pay for 224 workers in the ACT last financial year.
$1.7 million back-pay for WA employees
25 Oct 2011
The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $1.788 million back-pay for 1480 workers in Western Australia last financial year.
$1.5 million back-pay for SA employees
25 Oct 2011
The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $1.579 million back-pay for 1048 workers in South Australia last financial year.
$273,000 back-pay for NT employees
25 Oct 2011
The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $273,382 back-pay for 542 workers in the Northern Territory last financial year.
$8.2 million back-pay for NSW employees
25 Oct 2011
The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $8.215 million back-pay for 4182 workers in NSW last financial year.
$858,000 back-pay for Tasmanian employees
25 Oct 2011
The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $858,767 back-pay for 1186 workers in Tasmania last financial year.
$7.5 million back-pay for Vic employees
25 Oct 2011
The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $7.573 million back-pay for 3556 workers in Victoria last financial year.
Retirement villages cautioned over $215k staff underpayments
24 Oct 2011
Two retirement villages in regional Queensland have been formally cautioned by the Fair Work Ombudsman after it was discovered they were underpaying their night carers.
Fair Work Ombudsman’s second report card
21 Oct 2011
More than 2.4 million visitors sought information, assistance and advice from the Fair Work Ombudsman website last financial year.
Brisbane business faces court for allegedly underpaying staff $18,000
20 Oct 2011
The Fair Work Ombudsman is prosecuting a Brisbane company for allegedly underpaying four workers more than $18,000 when it terminated their employment.
$1.3 million back-pay for almost 900 staff at Super A-Mart retail stores
19 Oct 2011
Retail giant Super A-Mart will reimburse almost 900 current and former staff more than $1.3 million after it was discovered the company had been underpaying its workers.
$27,300 back-pay for two Bendigo employees
18 Oct 2011
Two workers at Bendigo in Victoria’s Goldfields region have been back-paid a total of $27,300 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
$60,000 back-pay for Newcastle workers
17 Oct 2011
A number of workers at Newcastle in regional NSW have been back-paid more than $60,700 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Two Mildura workers back-paid $11,300
14 Oct 2011
Two employees at Mildura in North-West Victoria have been back-paid a total of $11,300 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Melbourne residential care service allegedly underpaid employee more than $50,000
13 Oct 2011
The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a prosecution against the operator of a residential care service in Melbourne for allegedly underpaying a personal care worker more than $50,000.
Ballarat campaign recoups $130,000 back-pay for 147 employees
12 Oct 2011
Thirty-one Ballarat businesses have back-paid more than $130,000 to their staff after random audits found the employees were being underpaid.
$21,000 back-pay for Hobart mechanic
11 Oct 2011
A Hobart mechanic has been reimbursed a total of $21,000 after complaining to the Fair Work Ombudsman of being underpaid.
Dubbo worker back-paid $17,900
10 Oct 2011
A wool industry employee at Dubbo in regional NSW has been back-paid a total of $17,900 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Group Manager finalist in HR Leadership Award
7 Oct 2011
Fair Work Ombudsman Group Manager of Corporate & Strategic Development, Su Kearns, is a finalist in the 2011 Australian Human Resources Institute National Awards.
Fair Work Ombudsman a finalist for national workforce flexibility award
7 Oct 2011
The Fair Work Ombudsman has been recognised nationally for its flexible staff working arrangements.
$75,000 recovered for Shepparton workers
6 Oct 2011
Three workers in and around Shepparton in regional Victoria have been back-paid a total of $75,600 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
$679,000 back-pay for 180 underpaid Japanese restaurant staff
5 Oct 2011
A restaurant operator in Sydney is reimbursing 180 employees a total of $679,000 after it was discovered they were being underpaid.
Results for Queensland metal finishing sector
4 Oct 2011
Three-quarters of businesses in Queensland’s metal finishing sector are complying with workplace laws, random audits by the Fair Work Ombudsman show.
Two Carrum Downs workers back-paid $21,000
3 Oct 2011
Two workers at Carrum Downs in Melbourne's south-east have been back-paid a total of $20,600 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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