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Schools put on notice over volunteer roles

The IEU says it will call out non-government schools over a widespread practice of engaging staff and others in key co-curricular roles as "volunteers", after a Queensland college back paid more than $2 million and entered into an enforceable undertaking with the FWO.

Coles' backpay $100M short, claims FWO

The FWO alleges in court proceedings filed yesterday that Coles owes its managers about $100 million more than it has made allowance for following internal payroll audits looking at the underpayments.

Labor says FWO acting like ABCC, ROC

Shadow IR Minister Tony Burke has today attacked Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker's approach to "insecure" work, accusing her of "spin", mischaracterising Labor's policy position and operating in a manner similar to that of the "partisan" ABCC and ROC.

Red Cross added to FWO's surprising hall of shame

In a further warning on the importance of accurate payroll systems, the Australian Red Cross Society has become the latest surprising addition to the list of underpaying employers to have entered enforceable undertakings with the FWO after the charity self-reported short-changing employees a figure now estimated to top $25 million.

Watchdog doubles use of compliance notices

The Fair Work Ombudsman increased its use of compliance notices by 113% in 2020-21, as it sought to quickly rectify underpayments instead of taking action in the courts, while it has nevertheless ramped up its legal action by more than 40% and set up a dedicated branch to pursue corporate misconduct.

AWU donations probe to wind up this year: ROC

The ROC expects to finish its investigation into the AWU's historical donations to GetUp by the end of this year, after a three-year court battle delayed it.

FWO teaching universities a lesson

The Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating 14 universities for underpayments as part of its growing focus on compliance by the big end of town.



Court reduces shortchanging fine due to lockdown impacts

A court has accepted that it should impose a reduced underpayment penalty on an employer and its director because last year's extended coronavirus lockdown in Melbourne significantly reduced the size and financial resources of the business.