The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has announced that restaurant chain Chickie's and Pete's has agreed to pay more than 1,000 current and former employees a total of more than US$6.8 million in backwages and damages for "improperly taking tips from servers" and breaching US federal "minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping requirements".
Commerce Minister for the Australian state of Western Australia (WA) Michael Mischin has announced that the Perth Industrial Magistrates Court has fined McDonald's Australia Ltd (McDonald's) A$15,000 for illegally employing a 14-year-old at its Rockingham outlet, including employing her in an illegal overnight shift lasting almost 15 hours.
South Korea-based Asiana Airlines Inc (Asiana) president Kim Soo-cheon has stated that the airline is strengthening its operational safety systems as a matter of priority as well as upgrading its training and inspection procedures with the aim of establishing a corporate culture that is focused on safety.
Australian national workplace relations tribunal the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has handed down its decision in Gary Homes v Coles Group Limited T/A Coles Warehouse Edinburgh Parks  FWC 1013 (10 February 2014), which relates to an application lodged pursuant to s. 394 (Application for unfair dismissal remedy) of the Fair Work Act 2009 No. 28 (Cth). According to The Age, Gary Homes was suspended from work by his employer Coles in 2013 after workplace security staff found a container of powdered beverage in his bag as he was leaving the site.
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPMorgan) has agreed to pay US$1.45 million as part of its settlement of charges that it "maintained a sexually hostile work environment towards its female mortgage bankers assigned to [a JPMorgan site in Ohio]".
Chemicals and materials company WR Grace & Co (Grace) has announced that its Joint Plan of Reorganization (23 December 2010) (the Plan) (further information) commenced on 3 February 2014, marking the end of its 12-year-long period in bankruptcy and establishing two trust funds totalling more than US$4 billion to "compensate asbestos personal injury claimants and property owners".
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that MMR Constructors Inc (MMR) has agreed to settle charges relating to MMR's conduct regarding a number of its employees who allegedly subjected another employee, an MMR technician, to "racially offensive language, graffiti and death threats".
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that two Wal-Mart entities are to settle charges that a Walmart store "refused to hire Ramona Bradford's adult son and daughter for entry-level positions because Ms Bradford had filed a sex discrimination charge against Wal-Mart with the EEOC".
The work health and safety agency of the Australian state of South Australia (SA), SafeWork SA, has announced that the SA Industrial Court (SAIRC) has handed down its judgment in Perry v Taste Master Pty Ltd  SAIRC 4 (22 January 2014), fining flavouring manufacturer Taste Master Pty Ltd (Taste Master) A$41,250 plus legal costs in relation to a 2011 incident in which an employee's hand was severely injured by extruder machine cutter blades when the worker tried to clear a blockage in the machine.
WorkSafe New Zealand (WorkSafe NZ) has announced that meat processor Riverlands Eltham Ltd (Riverlands) has been fined NZ$42,500 and ordered to pay NZ$12,500 in reparations to an employee whose finger was caught in a conveyor while he was collecting blood from slaughtered animals at Riverlands's workplace, resulting in the tip of his finger being amputated.
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