August 2012

Fair Work inspectors to make educational visits to employers in Sydney CBD
31 Aug 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman will make educational visits to 240 businesses in central Sydney over the next eight weeks.
Young fitness centre employees allegedly paid just 73 cents an hour
30 Aug 2012
A former Melbourne martial arts and fitness centre paid its young trainees - some as young as 15 - less than a dollar an hour, the Fair Work Ombudsman alleges.
Court fines employer for sacking staff member who took leave to be with dying mother
30 Aug 2012
The operators of a retail caravan business that dismissed an employee because he took leave to care for his dying mother have been fined a total of $18,700.
Bendigo transport business allegedly underpaid employees more than $250,000
29 Aug 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman is prosecuting the operators of a transport business in the Victorian Goldfields region for allegedly underpaying 44 employees more than $250,000.
Court fines Melbourne business over underpayment of labourer
29 Aug 2012
The former operators of a Melbourne metal work business have been fined a total of $10,500 and ordered to back-pay an underpaid employee more than $13,000.
Company faces court for allegedly underpaying door-to-door sales workers
28 Aug 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman is prosecuting a national sales and marketing company, alleging it underpaid five door-to-door sales employees a total of more than $9000 for work they performed in Melbourne and Brisbane last year.
Free advice about workplace rights at the Cabramatta Moon Festival
27 Aug 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman will provide free information and advice about workplace rights and entitlements at the Moon Festival at Cabramatta next month.
Regional Tasmanian workers back-paid $38,000
24 Aug 2012
Four workers in regional Tasmania have been back-paid a total of $38,200 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Central Qld workers back-paid almost $40,000
23 Aug 2012
Eleven workers in Central Queensland have been back-paid a total of $39,100 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
$20,000 penalty for underpayment of two young apprentice chefs
23 Aug 2012
The former owner-operator of a Queensland delicatessen has been fined $19,965 for underpaying two young apprentice chefs following an investigation and prosecution by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Melbourne food wholesaler allegedly underpaid employees more than $300,000
22 Aug 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman is prosecuting the operator of a Melbourne food wholesaler for allegedly underpaying 46 employees - including many foreign workers - more than $300,000.
Employee with cancer allegedly dismissed because he wanted to take paid sick leave
21 Aug 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman is prosecuting the operator of a Perth panel beating business for allegedly dismissing a long-term employee to prevent him from taking sick leave after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Company fined for underpaying foreign workers
21 Aug 2012
A national cleaning company has been fined $62,000 for underpaying 31 Sydney cleaners, a number of them foreign workers.
Fair Work inspectors to make educational visits to employers in Sydney’s Hyde Park precinct
20 Aug 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman will make educational visits to 120 businesses in the precinct around Hyde Park in Sydney over the next five weeks.
Sydney childcare centre allegedly underpaid teenage employees $8000
20 Aug 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman is prosecuting the owner-operator of a Sydney childcare centre for allegedly underpaying three teenage employees more than $8000.
Mildura truck drivers back-paid $42,000
17 Aug 2012
Two workers based near Mildura in Victoria’s Sunraysia region have been back-paid a total of $42,100 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Free information and advice for franchisors and franchisees in Melbourne
17 Aug 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman will provide free advice and information to franchisors and franchisees this weekend as part of the ‘Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo’ at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre.
$206,000 back-pay for 260 Cobbler Plus and Watch Works employees
16 Aug 2012
Past and present employees of Cobbler Plus and Watch Works kiosks throughout Australia are to be reimbursed more than $206,000 in underpaid wages and superannuation.
Court action over alleged $28,000 underpayment of retail workers
15 Aug 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman is prosecuting a retail company, alleging it underpaid 13 employees in Adelaide and Brisbane, including many foreign workers, more than $28,000.
Director faces Court action after five IT staff allegedly underpaid $286,000
15 Aug 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a prosecution against the former operator of an Adelaide software business, alleging five employees were underpaid a total of $286,000.
Court action over alleged $50,000 underpayment of Canberra restaurant staff
14 Aug 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a prosecution against the former operator of a Canberra restaurant, alleging he was involved in underpaying 26 employees a total of more than $50,000.
Sex industry focus of new campaign in Victoria
13 Aug 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman will audit up to 100 brothels in Victoria over the next four months as part of a new education and compliance campaign.
CBD workers in Melbourne back-paid $109,000
10 Aug 2012
Workers in Melbourne’s CBD and inner suburbs have been back-paid a total of $109,600 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Port Macquarie worker back-paid $25,000
9 Aug 2012
A health care worker at Port Macquarie on the NSW Mid North Coast has been back-paid a total of $25,300 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
$17,600 back-pay for Warwick workers
8 Aug 2012
Three workers at Warwick in Queensland’s Southern Downs region have shared a total of $17,600 back-pay following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Employee allegedly sacked for taking leave to be with dying mother
7 Aug 2012
A retail caravan business dismissed an employee because he took leave to care for his dying mother, the Fair Work Ombudsman alleges.
One complaint triggers $350,000 back-pay for almost 400 workers
6 Aug 2012
A single complaint from a service technician in South Australia has resulted in the discovery that almost 400 of the woman’s co-workers had been underpaid more than $354,000.
Ultra Tune fined over underpayment of Filipino worker in Perth
6 Aug 2012
A national vehicle servicing company has been fined $8580 for underpaying a Filipino employee based in Perth following an investigation and prosecution by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Fair Work inspectors to make educational visits to employers in North and North-West Sydney
6 Aug 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman will make educational visits to dozens of businesses in Macquarie Park, North Ryde, Pennant Hills and Thornleigh in North and North-West Sydney over the next four weeks.
Bakery faces court for allegedly threatening to sack worker unless she agreed to pay cut
3 Aug 2012
A Melbourne bakery will face court for allegedly underpaying and threatening to dismiss a female employee unless she agreed to a pay cut.
$100,000 back-pay for 500 supermarket workers
2 Aug 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of a campaign focussing on the entitlements of supermarket workers in Western Australia.
Director fined $24,000 over underpayments at “chaotic” Adelaide business
1 Aug 2012
A Federal Magistrate has described as “chaotic” the manner in which an Adelaide company director ran his business after finding that he had knowingly underpaid staff more than $70,000 in wages and superannuation.

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