Weekly wrap: Deals with the FWO, the death of the password, and fist-swinging employees

by Cameron Edmond24 Jan 2014
Another week comes to an end. Here’s what you need to know in this week’s wrap-up:

Breadtop strikes deal with FWO
Bakery franchise Breadtop has joined with the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) to ensure its 800-strong workforce have accurate pay packets. The company has set up a self-auditing process to review staff entitlements and correct any issues found.

“We congratulate Breadtop for showing corporate responsibility to its network of employees, showing leadership to the rest of the franchising industry,” Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said.

The company signed up to these self-audits following the FWO receiving a small amount of complaints from employees about underpayment of wages and entitlements.

Aussie tech-heads poached by job auction site
Snubbing the tech skill shortage in Australia, hired.com – a ‘two-sided marketplace’ designed to help tech professionals find job opportunities in a transparent, unbiased space – is targeting Australian individuals to take work in Silicon Valley.

Jobseekers will pay nothing if they are hired through the service, with the website absorbing the initial costs of assessments, interviews, flights and legal/immigration paperwork – presumably passing this on with a fee to the employers, Business Insider reported.

Employee punches customer
A woman is suing a Brooklyn-based McDonalds franchise after being punched in the face by a cashier when she complained about her son’s happy meal, The NY Post reported.

The woman’s lawyer, Lawrence Glynn, has said the franchise is responsible as none of the three managers who were present at the time of the altercation attempted to stop the violence.

Passwords dying out
Following the release of research from security firm SplashData revealing the top most common passwords, MOGOplus CEO Andrew Clouston has theorised the rise of new security innovations including:
  • Scanning the unique vein pattern on one’s hand.
  • Using a heartbeat as a password.
  • Iris scanning software to recognise users by their eyes.  
The top 10 passwords for 2013 are:
  • 123456
  • password
  • 12345678
  • qwerty
  • abc123
  • 123456789
  • 111111
  • 1234567
  • Iloveyou
  • adobe123


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