August 2014

Push to end exploitation of trolley collectors
29 Aug 2014
The Fair Work Ombudsman is urging the nation’s major supermarket chains and shopping centres to help stamp out exploitation of vulnerable trolley collectors.
Fair Work Infoline recognised for top customer service
28 Aug 2014
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Infoline – which answers hundreds of queries daily from employees and employers about their workplace rights and obligations - has been recognised for its exceptional customer service.
Red Rooster report released
27 Aug 2014
The Fair Work Ombudsman today released a report outlining the results of its Proactive Compliance Deed with Red Rooster Foods Pty Ltd.
Marketing company operator to face court over allegedly unlawful internships
26 Aug 2014
A Melbourne business operator faces court action following a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation into unpaid internships at her former marketing company.
Compass Group in new partnership
25 Aug 2014
Food services and hospitality company Compass Group (Australia) Pty Ltd is the latest major employer to enter a partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman to continue to improve its workplace practices.
More compliance checks for 200 businesses
22 Aug 2014
The Fair Work Ombudsman is conducting further checks of 200 Victorian employers previously found to be in breach of federal workplace laws.
International students, backpackers short-changed thousands of dollars in three months
21 Aug 2014
A Melbourne retail store caught underpaying its workers by thousands of dollars just two years ago has again been short-changing its employees, many of them young Asian students and backpackers.
Don’t leave snowfields workers out in the cold
20 Aug 2014
NSW and Victorian snowfields employers face further checks over coming weeks to ensure seasonal workers in popular winter playgrounds are receiving their correct wages.
$20,000 back-pay for poultry processors
19 Aug 2014
A labour-hire contractor which short-changed 10 overseas workers has agreed to back-pay its former employees more than $20,000 following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Child-care centre operator signs workplace pact after underpaying staff almost $140,000
18 Aug 2014
The operator of a Victorian child-care centre who underpaid his employees almost $140,000 over two years is publicly committing to ensure his business complies with workplace laws in the future.
Child care centres “on notice” after underpaying workers almost $170,000
17 Aug 2014
The Fair Work Ombudsman has put a chain of child care centres in Perth on notice to comply with workplace laws after finding it had underpaid more than 160 staff.
Chinese restaurant must back-pay 31 employees almost $70,000
15 Aug 2014
An Adelaide restaurant previously issued an on-the-spot fine over its record-keeping practices has been found to have underpaid its staff by tens of thousands of dollars.
Brisbane staff share $140,000 back-pay
14 Aug 2014
Dozens of employees of a major Brisbane company are to be back-paid almost $140,000 following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Company and director to face legal action after compensation order goes unpaid
13 Aug 2014
In an Australian first, a Melbourne company will face legal action for ignoring a Fair Work Commission order to compensate a young employee who had been unfairly dismissed.
Internships & unpaid work - update
12 Aug 2014
In February, 2013, the Fair Work Ombudsman released the findings of a major report into unpaid work, internships and unpaid trials.
Accommodation industry signs up to workplace pact to improve compliance
11 Aug 2014
Hotels, resorts, motels, caravan parks, backpacker hostels, bed and breakfast establishments, guesthouses, serviced and time-share apartments throughout Australia are joining forces with the Fair Work Ombudsman to improve compliance with federal workplace laws across the accommodation sector.
Small business can count on our help – deal?
8 Aug 2014
The Fair Work Ombudsman has today reassured the small business community of its commitment to helping employers understand and comply with workplace laws.
Carwash operator fined over ‘deliberate and calculated’ underpayment of young staff
7 Aug 2014
The operators of a chain of Sydney carwash outlets have been fined a total of $90,000 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they had underpaid hundreds of workers.
Free online assistance for businesses to manage employee performance
7 Aug 2014
A free online learning course that offers advice about promoting good staff performance and effectively addressing underperformance can help employers boost the productivity of their businesses.
Court action over alleged failure to back-pay hairdresser more than $4000
6 Aug 2014
The operator of a hair and beauty salon in western Sydney breached workplace laws by failing to back-pay an underpaid employee more than $4600, the Fair Work Ombudsman alleges.
Record-keeping message for SA, WA and NT
5 Aug 2014
In a bid to raise awareness of record-keeping obligations, the Fair Work Ombudsman is planning site visits to 450 businesses throughout South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory over the next month.
Fair Work Ombudsman to review entitlements of overseas visa-holders on working holidays
4 Aug 2014
The Fair Work Ombudsman has announced it will conduct a review of the wages and conditions of overseas workers in Australia on the 417 Working Holiday Visa.
Fair Work inspectors back in Caboolture today
4 Aug 2014
Fair Work Ombudsman inspectors will return to Caboolture strawberry farms this week for further checks on payments to seasonal workers.

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