2018 media releases

Victorian plumber faces Court for second time
19 Nov 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced a second legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against Victorian man Michael Patrick Pulis and his company, Pulis Plumbing Pty Ltd, which trades as Pulis Professional Plumbing.
Improved compliance for food franchisor
16 Nov 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has published a report on its compliance partnership with Retail Zoo Pty Ltd, which owns the Boost Juice, Salsa’s Fresh Mex Grill and Cibo Espresso retail food brands.
Workplace audits for 600 NSW businesses
15 Nov 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman is auditing 600 businesses in the Northern Rivers region in New South Wales to check that employers are paying their workers correctly and meeting their record-keeping and payslip obligations.
National campaign shows improved compliance
8 Nov 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has today released its latest National Compliance Monitoring report after re-auditing 479 businesses that had previously breached workplace laws.
Melbourne supermarket operator to overhaul workplace practices
5 Nov 2018
A specialty supermarket operator in Melbourne will overhaul its workplace practices under an Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman after they were found to have underpaid three Chinese workers a total of almost $75,000.
Trolley contractor improves workplace compliance
2 Nov 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has published a report on its compliance partnership with United Trolley Collections Pty Ltd (UTC), Australia’s largest trolley collection company.
Bundaberg transport company penalised $80,000
30 Oct 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured an $80,000 penalty against a Bundaberg-based transport company for underpaying an employee more than $11,000 over a period of just nine months.
Crust pizza franchisee allegedly discriminated against migrant workers
23 Oct 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the operators of a Crust Gourmet Pizza franchise outlet in Hobart, alleging they discriminated against four overseas workers by paying them much less than Australian employees.
Court penalises IGA supermarket operator
22 Oct 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a total of $320,263 in penalties in Court after an operator was found to have deliberately underpaid six workers at two IGA supermarkets in Melbourne, despite having been put on notice to comply.
2017-18 Annual Report
18 Oct 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Annual Report for 2017-18 has been tabled in Parliament, highlighting the wide range of services and resources the regulator offers to employers and employees.
Restaurant faces pregnancy discrimination allegations
18 Oct 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against Jewel Bay 2015 Pty Ltd, which operates Coco’s Restaurant in South Perth, and company director Abdel Wahid Tajeddine.
Lycamobile penalised $25,000
15 Oct 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a penalty against the Australian arm of global mobile SIM card provider Lycamobile for underpaying an employee’s wages.
FWO audits popular Sydney dining spot
10 Oct 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman is conducting unannounced audits of hospitality outlets in Newtown this week to check businesses are complying with workplace laws.
Former Cairns restaurant operators penalised $168,000
10 Oct 2018
The former operators of a restaurant in Cairns have been penalised a total of $168,924 for underpaying a migrant worker more than $33,000, following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
FWO recovers nearly $800,000 for sushi workers in NSW, QLD and the ACT
9 Oct 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has audited 45 sushi businesses in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory, finding breaches of workplace laws at 39 businesses.
Petrol operators allegedly underpaid visa holders
8 Oct 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has taken legal action against the former operators of a petrol station on the NSW Central Coast who allegedly underpaid two migrant workers over $50,000.
FWO takes Crust pizza franchisee to Court
4 Oct 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against a Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar franchisee in Melbourne, alleging it underpaid seven employees on student visas a total of $35,725.
Melbourne cleaning operator penalised $144,000
25 Sep 2018
The Federal Circuit Court has ordered David Leslie Hinchcliffe to pay $25,000 and his company Davdot Pty Ltd to pay $119,000 for underpaying three casual employees, two of whom were migrant workers, following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Café franchisor improves workplace compliance
21 Sep 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has published a report on its compliance partnership with Minor DKL Food Group Pty Ltd (MDKL), which owns the Coffee Club, Ribs & Rumps, Coffee Hit and Veneziano Coffee Roasters brands.
Wok Me penalised for underpayment
21 Sep 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $72,576 in penalties against the former operators of a fast food outlet in northern Queensland for underpaying a 71-year-old employee.
Court orders media company and director to pay $570,000
20 Sep 2018
A company that operated news websites covering regional Queensland and its director have been penalised a total of $264,924 for underpaying young journalists and production staff following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
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.

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