May 2012

$20,000 back-pay for Coffs Coast workers
31 May 2012
Eight workers in the Coffs Coast region of NSW have been back-paid a total of $20,500 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Record $294,000 penalty for ‘shameful exploitation’ at Tasmanian resort
31 May 2012
The Federal Court in Melbourne today imposed a record $294,360 penalty against the former operators of a Tasmanian resort for deliberately exploiting employees by engaging in sham contracting.
Subway franchisee allegedly underpaid young employees more than $50,000
30 May 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a prosecution against the operator of four Subway outlets at Newcastle, in regional NSW, over more than $50,000 in alleged underpayments of 11 young employees.
Far North QLD workers back-paid $42,000
29 May 2012
Five workers in Far North Queensland have been back-paid a total of $42,700 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Almost $16,000 recovered for Narrabri workers
28 May 2012
Two workers at Narrabri, in north-west NSW, have been back-paid a total of $15,900 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Thai cabin crew allegedly underpaid on Jetstar domestic routes
28 May 2012
Airline cabin crew recruited in Thailand are allegedly staffing domestic routes in Australia for Jetstar Airways for up to half the cost required to meet their minimum entitlements.
$16,000 back-pay for Blue Mountains workers
25 May 2012
Two workers in the Blue Mountains region of NSW have been back-paid a total of $16,600 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Illawarra workers back-paid $24,000
24 May 2012
Three workers in the Illawarra region of NSW have been back-paid a total of $24,900 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Second round of security audits reveals big lift in compliance levels
23 May 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman has welcomed a significant increase in compliance within Australia’s security industry.
$11,300 back-pay for Goondiwindi worker
22 May 2012
A worker at Goondiwindi in the border region of Queensland has been back-paid $11,300 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
FWO at Perth Franchising & Business Expo
21 May 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman will provide free advice and information to franchisors and employers this coming weekend as part of the ‘Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo’ at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre.
Court fines labour hire company over “no union ticket, no start” policy
18 May 2012
The Federal Court has fined a national labour-hire company which says it adopted a “no-ticket, no-start” policy in Western Australia “to keep industrial peace”.
Former Perth resort operator fined for underpaying employees
18 May 2012
The former operators of a resort near Perth have been fined a total of $23,100 for underpaying three employees.
Fair Work inspectors to make educational visits to employers in Adelaide
18 May 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman will make educational visits to about 200 businesses around Adelaide over the next two months.
Free information and advice for working parents
17 May 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman will provide free advice and information to working parents over the next three days as part of the ‘Pregnancy, Babies & Children’s Expo’ at the Sydney Showgrounds Exhibition Centre at Olympic Park.
Queensland construction business fined for underpaying teenager
17 May 2012
The former operators of a Queensland construction business have been fined a total of $9000 for underpaying a teenage employee.
National Franchise Program kicks off with strong interest
16 May 2012
Dozens of franchisors have put their hand up to participate in the Fair Work Ombudsman’s new National Franchise Program (NFP).
Qld real estate industry faces further scrutiny
15 May 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman is re-visiting Queensland’s real estate industry after last year finding that many employers were failing to lodge staff pay agreements.
$14,000 back-pay for North West Vic workers
14 May 2012
Two workers in North West Victoria have been back-paid a total of $14,800 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
SA, WA and NT cafes, restaurants and takeaway outlets the focus of new education campaign
13 May 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman will check the books of up to 120 cafes, restaurants and takeaway food outlets in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory over the next four months as a part of a new education and compliance campaign.
$31,000 back-pay for Northern Rivers workers
11 May 2012
Four workers in the Northern Rivers region of NSW have been back-paid a total of $31,900 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Phone retailer fined almost $6000 over discrimination against new Mum
10 May 2012
The former operator of a mobile phone retailing business in Victoria has been fined $5940 for discriminating against an employee when she attempted to return from parental leave.
North West Tassie worker back-paid $13,000
10 May 2012
A worker at a small town in Tasmania’s North West has been back-paid a total of $13,400 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Fair Work Ombudsman seeks to wind up employer who underpaid staff
10 May 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman is taking action in the Federal Court in an effort to enforce back-payment and penalty Orders against a Melbourne company.
$21,000 back-pay for Renmark workers
9 May 2012
Two workers at Renmark in South Australia’s Riverland have been back-paid a total of $21,000 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Almost $60k recovered for Goldfields workers
8 May 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recently recovered almost $60,000 for dozens of workers in Victoria’s Goldfields region.
$48,000 back-pay for Albury-Wodonga workers
7 May 2012
Six workers in Albury-Wodonga have been back-paid a total of $48,700 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Information and advice at Beef Australia 2012
4 May 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman will provide free information and advice at next week’s Beef Australia 2012 at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.
FWO seminar to assist Glen Eira employers
4 May 2012
The Fair Work Ombudsman will conduct an information seminar for small business owners at Glen Eira in Melbourne’s inner eastern suburbs to assist them understand key features of workplace laws.
Ipswich workers back-paid $34,000
3 May 2012
Four workers in the Ipswich region of south-east Queensland have been back-paid a total of $34,700 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Murray Bridge worker back-paid $57,000
2 May 2012
A worker at Murray Bridge in South Australia has been back-paid a total of $57,000 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Director fined $11,000 over ‘seriously reckless’ employment practices
1 May 2012
The former sole director of a retail company has been fined $11,000 after the Federal Magistrates Court found he presided over “seriously reckless” employment practices.

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