October 2014

$200,000 penalty for $2.5 million underpayment
31 Oct 2014
An Adelaide company which underpaid 46 of its employees more than $2.5 million has been fined $196,000 in the Federal Court today following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Results of WA enterprise agreement campaign
31 Oct 2014
The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of its recent proactive education and compliance campaign in Western Australia focused on enterprise agreements.
Businessman to face Court over claims overseas workers paid less than $5 an hour
30 Oct 2014
The operator of a Darwin painting business is facing court action for allegedly paying young overseas workers less than $5 an hour.
Bateau Bay and Lake Haven employers reimburse $42,000 to underpaid workers
29 Oct 2014
Fourteen businesses at Bateau Bay and Lake Haven on the NSW Central Coast have reimbursed 62 of their staff a total of $42,000 after auditing by the Fair Work Ombudsman found the employees were being underpaid.
$47,000 back-pay for Northern Sydney workers
28 Oct 2014
Workers in Sydney’s Northern and North-Western suburbs have been back-paid more than $47,000 after recent inquiries by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Melbourne hairdressers fined $70,000 for underpaying young apprentice $8625
27 Oct 2014
The operators of a chain of Melbourne hairdressing salons have been fined a total of $70,224 for underpaying a young apprentice $8625 – with a Judge saying the penalties send a message that “it does not pay to underpay workers”.
Almost one million visits every month seeking workplace relations information and advice
22 Oct 2014
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s website recorded 11.7 million visits last financial year.
Self-help option on wages proves popular
16 Oct 2014
The popularity of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s self-help online pay tool, PayCheck Plus, has hit an all-time high, with almost 900,000 visits so far this year.
New workplace pact aims to improve compliance
15 Oct 2014
The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) is joining forces with the Fair Work Ombudsman to help improve compliance with federal workplace laws relating to apprentices and trainees.
Construction focus for new national campaign
15 Oct 2014
Hundreds of construction businesses will come under scrutiny as part of a new national campaign announced today by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Results of Kangaroo Island campaign
14 Oct 2014
The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of its recent pro-active education and compliance campaign on Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
Businesswoman back in court over fresh allegations of exploitation of overseas workers
12 Oct 2014
A businesswoman fined almost $60,000 last year for deliberately exploiting overseas backpackers – but who has not paid the penalty – will face court for a second time over fresh allegations that she continues to exploit vulnerable overseas workers in Perth.
Muffin Break stores to reimburse underpaid Chinese student $20,000
10 Oct 2014
A 24-year-old Chinese student who worked at two Muffin Break stores in Melbourne was underpaid almost $20,000, an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman has found.
$25,000 returned to Taiwanese backpackers
9 Oct 2014
Three Taiwanese backpackers have been reimbursed more than $25,000 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they had been underpaid.
Do your homework before buying a business and avoid picking up a bill for costly mistakes
8 Oct 2014
The Fair Work Ombudsman today sounded a warning to potential buyers of existing businesses to ensure they double-check the terms and conditions of their new employees.
Coles accepts “ethical and moral responsibility” to help end exploitation of vulnerable trolley collectors
7 Oct 2014
Coles is the first major supermarket chain to publicly declare it has an “ethical and moral responsibility” to join with the Fair Work Ombudsman and stamp out exploitation of vulnerable trolley collectors.
Legal action alleges further underpayment of NSW hairdressers
3 Oct 2014
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced further legal action relating to alleged underpayments of hairdressers at a business operated by NSW businessman Nelvin Nitesh Lal.
High marks for Townsville employers
1 Oct 2014
More than three-quarters of Townsville businesses are complying with their record-keeping and pay-slip obligations under federal workplace laws, random checks by the Fair Work Ombudsman have revealed.

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