Expect fewer delays now. After reporting a massive payroll problem last year, the Australian airline will dish out $4.5 million among more than 600 employees whose paychecks had been too light for years. Individual payouts will range from a few thousands dollars to nearly $90,000 in at least one case. But it gets better: Qantas apparently overpaid some employees by a total of about $13.8 million — funds it says it won't recover.
Why the debacle? Australia's not-so-simple labor laws might be to blame, since the problem came from employees being misclassified and getting the wrong benefits and compensation.