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    Qantas Pays Back Hundreds of Workers

    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.

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