By Claire Hibbit 

7-Eleven has launched its internal Wage Repayment Program, three weeks after announcing plans to shut the Fels Wage Fairness Panel, set up following a Four Corners investigation that uncovered systemic wage fraud throughout the convenience chain.

In a statement issued on Friday afternoon announcing the program’s launch, the convenience chain said that under “a robust and efficient new process” the company is “confident that approved claims will be finalised quickly and appropriate payments made.”

The Wage Repayment Program is supported by an independent secretariat, managed by Deloitte, under strict protocols that ensure claimant confidentiality is maintained. 7-Eleven said it has also invited the Fair Work Ombudsman to review the program and progress of claim determinations at any time as part of its ongoing liaison.

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This story first appeared in C&I Week.