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State education department cautioned over lack of corporate governance on transport contracts

9 December 2014 The Fair Work Ombudsman has cautioned a State Government department about a lack of corporate governance over transport services for children with special needs – reminding it of its key role in setting prices in the labour supply chain. The South Australian Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) has been urged to take immediate steps to rectify the deficiencies – or risk being in breach of federal workplace law. DECD spends

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Creating a workplace supportive of employees impacted by domestic violence

25 November 2014 Employers can take practical steps to ensure their workplace is supportive of employees affected by domestic or family violence, according to the Fair Work Ombudsman. The Fair Work Ombudsman was one of the first Australian employers to become a White Ribbon Workplace last year after establishing policies for operating at best practice in relation to preventing and responding to violence against women. White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to stop

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Coles accepts “ethical and moral responsibility” to help end exploitation of vulnerable trolley collectors

7 October 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. Coles has given an undertaking to the Fair Work Ombudsman that it will revamp its trolley collection services, admitting its former practices were highly vulnerable to exploitation and poor employment practices, including underpayment of wages. The Fair Work Ombudsman recently

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Child Care Centre faces legal action over alleged failure to back-pay employees

23 July 2014 The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal proceedings against the operators of a child-care centre in the Illawarra region of NSW. Facing Court is Stepping Stones Child Care Centre (NSW) Pty Ltd, which operates the Stepping Stones Child Care Centre at Oak Flats. Also facing Court is the company’s sole director and owner Alisa Tavendale. Documents lodged with the Federal Circuit Court allege Ms Tavendale and her company have breached workplace laws

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Restaurants, cafes and caterers make workplace pact to improve compliance

14 July 2014 Thousands of restaurants, cafes and catering businesses are joining forces with the Fair Work Ombudsman to improve compliance with federal workplace laws across the hospitality sector. Restaurant & Catering Australia (RCA) has signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of its members aimed at creating and maintaining fair workplaces and a level playing field for employers. Deputy Fair Work Ombudsman (Operations) Michael Campbell, who co-signed the MoU with RCA chief executive

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Young workers to benefit from partnership between McDonald’s and the Fair Work Ombudsman

9 April 2014 McDonald’s Australia has entered a new partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman to continue to improve workplace practices at its restaurants across the country. The company has made workplace compliance a high priority by signing a second Proactive Compliance Deed with the Fair Work Ombudsman. A new two-year agreement aims to ensure that more than 90,000 employees (mostly casuals) at 922 McDonald’s restaurants are paid correctly. McDonald’s Director of Human Resources, Melissa

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Court Rules On Age Discrimination Case

8 April 2014 The Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane has ruled on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s first litigation relating to discrimination on the grounds of age. The Fair Work Ombudsman placed the matter before the Court after a long-serving restaurant employee was told his employment would be terminated on his 65th birthday. The restaurant operator wrote to the employee stating that it was “the policy of the company that we do not employ any staff

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Happy + engaged = productive

First published by Fairfax online news websites on Friday, 21 February. 21 February 2014 A Centre for Workplace Leadership survey has provided further evidence that “happy and engaged employees” can have a direct impact on increased productivity. A business with a positive, motivated workforce is more likely to retain skilled and valued employees, have low absentee rates and minimum staff turnover. High morale in the workplace can give an employer a strong competitive advantage. So

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Court action over alleged underpayment of foreign workers in Tasmania

26 January 2013 Note: Reference to prosecution in this media release is a general reference to the FWO commencing proceedings for the imposition of civil penalties and should not be taken to be a reference to criminal proceedings. 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. Facing Court

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Penalties imposed over sham contracting activity affecting Adelaide teenagers

15 January 2013 Note: Reference to prosecution in this media release is a general reference to the FWO commencing proceedings for the imposition of civil penalties and should not be taken to be a reference to criminal proceedings. 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. Flagstaff Hill man Michael Wright has been fined

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