2018 media releases

FWO audits 33 Domino's stores
7 Sep 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman is calling on Domino’s head office to take action after finding breaches of workplace law across 19 stores in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
$10k penalty for former owner of Adelaide nail salon
30 Aug 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a $10,560 penalty against the former owner of a nail salon in Adelaide for his role in underpaying several employees.
Woolworths signs up to protect cleaners
29 Aug 2018
Woolworths Group Limited has committed to protecting the rights of the workers in its cleaning services supply chain by entering into a new Compliance Partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
FWO to conduct 200 workplace audits in NSW
28 Aug 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman will audit at least 200 businesses across outer west Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Wollondilly in its latest proactive compliance and education campaign.
Meatball and Wine Bar penalised for underpayments
23 Aug 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a $31,320 penalty against Melbourne restaurant operator Meatball and Wine Bar Pty Ltd for underpaying 26 workers, including visa holders, across three restaurants.
Record penalties against technology company
20 Aug 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has obtained record penalties against Brisbane-based Macquarie Technology Group International Pty Ltd and owner Paul Desmond Wallace for failing to comply with an order to compensate an employee who had been unfairly dismissed.
Migrant school cleaners to be back-paid
10 Aug 2018
A Melbourne cleaning company that underpaid visa holders has signed an Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman to improve compliance and back-pay workers.
Degani Bakery & Café compliance report
7 Aug 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of its Degani Bakery and Café compliance activity that found non-compliance at 15 outlets, including underpayment and record keeping breaches.
UAE Exchange to back-pay workers $1.3 million
2 Aug 2018
Foreign currency exchange business UAE Exchange Australia Pty Ltd will change its workplace practices and back-pay workers under a new Enforceable Undertaking signed with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Cleaning operator taken to Court
30 Jul 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a Gosford cleaning operator, alleging he failed to comply with a Compliance Notice that required him to back-pay two workers a total of $3195.
$31,000 penalty for underpaying visa workers
30 Jul 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $31,590 in penalties against Rockhampton-based business Alertvale Pty Ltd that underpaid two Filipino visa holders $9,931 when it made them redundant. The company operates businesses providing services in the mining and heavy industry sector in regional Queensland.
More than $2.5 million in unclaimed wages
27 Jul 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman is calling on workers who suspect they were underpaid in previous jobs to check if they are entitled to a share in unclaimed wages.
Gold Coast security operator penalised $115,668
24 Jul 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a $115,668 penalty against Gold Coast security company owner Adam Marcinkowski after he admitted taking unlawful adverse action against a guard by dismissing him. He also underpaid three other guards a total of $15,938 between April 2015 and June 2016.
FWO acts on EU non-compliance
20 Jul 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action to force Pristine Employment Solutions Pty Ltd to comply with terms of an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) that was executed in May 2017.
Sushi supplier to back-pay a Chinese worker
18 Jul 2018
A Perth wholesale sushi supplier will back-pay a worker more than $13,000 and overhaul its workplace practices under a new Enforceable Undertaking (EU) signed with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Three legal actions against remorseless trolley collecting operator result in $130,000 in penalties
13 Jul 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured more than $130,000 in penalties against a Victorian trolley collecting operator, who caused “financial and emotional hardship” to three workers by sacking them and refusing to pay unfair dismissal compensation.
Sydney hair salon allegedly underpaid young apprentice more than $14,000
12 Jul 2018
A hair salon owner will face court after allegedly underpaying a teenage apprentice in her first job more than $14,000.
FWO’s Food Precincts campaign returns $471,904 in wages owed to hospitality workers
11 Jul 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s audit of three popular food destinations has recovered $471,904 for 616 workers, after the FWO found that 72 per cent of the 243 businesses audited had breached workplace laws.
$130,000 penalties after nail salon engages in “elaborate sham” to hide exploitation
10 Jul 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a total of $130,000 in penalties against the operators of an Adelaide nail salon for exploiting two young, migrant workers and creating false records as part of an “elaborate sham” to try to cover it up.
Building a culture of compliance in the restaurant sector through partnership between FWO and La Porchetta
6 Jul 2018
A Compliance Partnership between La Porchetta Franchising Pty Ltd (La Porchetta) and the Fair Work Ombudsman has demonstrated the effectiveness of close engagement with the regulator in promoting a culture of compliance throughout a franchise network.
Hair and beauty salon commits to change after underpaying overseas workers more than $25,000
6 Jul 2018
A Sydney hair and beauty salon operator has back-paid seven workers more than $25,000 and will overhaul its workplace practices, under the terms of an Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Perth labour supply business faces Court for alleged building site underpayments
4 Jul 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a labour supply company in Perth, alleging it misclassified young labourers as independent contractors, when they were in fact employees, and underpaid them thousands of dollars.
$900k in underpayments, discrimination & coercion alleged in new action against massage parlour
29 Jun 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced civil legal proceedings against the former operators of a Canberra massage parlour, alleging they exploited seven Filipino workers, underpaying them a total of more than $900,000 and threatening to have their families in the Philippines killed if they complained to the department responsible for immigration.
New minimum wage takes effect from Sunday
28 Jun 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman is calling on businesses to check the new minimum pay rates that apply ahead of a new national minimum wage coming into effect from the first pay period on or after Sunday, 1 July 2018.
Almost $100k in penalties after Caltex franchisee falsified wage records
28 Jun 2018
Penalties of almost $100,000 against a former Caltex franchisee in Sydney for falsifying wage records send a message that serious consequences apply when fabricated records frustrate investigations, according to Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James.

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