January 2013

Strong compliance in Qld aged care industry
31 Jan 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of an education and compliance campaign focussing on Queensland’s aged care sector.
Workplace audit campaign along the Murray
30 Jan 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman will visit businesses along the Murray River in Victoria and NSW during February as part of a new education and compliance campaign.
Court action over alleged underpayment of foreign workers in Tasmania
26 Jan 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched prosecution action against the operators of four Japanese restaurants in Tasmania, alleging 50 employees at the restaurants - including many young foreign workers - were underpaid more than $100,000.
Furniture and floor covering retailers focus of new campaign in NSW
24 Jan 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman will audit up to 250 furniture and floor covering retailers across NSW over the next four months as part of a new education and compliance campaign.
Fraser Coast workers back-paid $87,000
23 Jan 2013
Eight workers at a Hervey Bay transport industry business have been back-paid a total of $82,900 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Sunshine Coast workers back-paid $43,000
23 Jan 2013
Workers on the Sunshine Coast have been back-paid $43,200 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
High Court Action
22 Jan 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman confirmed today it had been served legal papers by representatives of Toyota Material Handling (NSW) Pty Ltd (the company) in a case it is seeking to have heard by the High Court of Australia.
Metals workers recoup $52,000 in unpaid wages
22 Jan 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered almost $52,000 for 37 metal industry workers across Australia as a result of a national campaign targeting manufacturers of structural metal products.
Pharmacies the focus of new national campaign
21 Jan 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman is writing to more than 7000 pharmacies around Australia as part of a new national education and compliance campaign.
Video and game rental stores in spotlight
16 Jan 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman is auditing up to 60 video-and-game rental stores in Western Australia as part of a new campaign.
Penalties imposed over sham contracting activity affecting Adelaide teenagers
15 Jan 2013
The operators of a labour-contracting company and a fast food outlet in Adelaide have been fined a total of $36,630 over sham contracting activity that affected two 15-year-old workers.
Real estate company back-pays Dandenong salesman $10,000
14 Jan 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered more than $10,000 for a Melbourne real estate salesman who was underpaid as part of an unlawful employment arrangement.
Fair workplaces - a job for all says FWO
14 Jan 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman today urged big employers to follow a lead set by McDonald’s and take proactive steps to ensure their local workforces are being paid properly.
‘About right’ not good enough - Brisbane employers must back-pay staff $118,000
13 Jan 2013
Operators of fast-food food outlets in Brisbane have found out the hard way that paying staff what they ‘thought was about right’ isn’t good enough.
Kitchen hand back-paid after three-month unpaid probation is ruled unlawful
10 Jan 2013
The operator of a Perth take-away food outlet has told the Fair Work Ombudsman he thought it was okay to engage a kitchen hand on a three-month probation without pay.
Melbourne IT companies face court over alleged sham contracting and underpayments of foreign workers
9 Jan 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman is prosecuting the operator of two Melbourne IT companies for alleged breaches of workplace laws relating to sham contracting, unlawful termination, falsification of records and underpaying two foreign workers more than $17,000.
Adelaide restaurants and massage shops fined
4 Jan 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman has fined 18 Adelaide restaurants and massage shops for serious record-keeping and pay slip breaches - and investigations are ongoing over possible underpayments of wages to foreign workers at many businesses.

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