2018 media releases

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.
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.
Fair Work Ombudsman to work with local councils to improve management of security supply chains
25 Jun 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has today released the findings of its Inquiry into the procurement of security services by local government, highlighting an opportunity for councils to work with the regulator to improve supply chain governance efforts.
CFMMEU penalised for unlawful industrial action
21 Jun 2018
Legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman has resulted in the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) being penalised in Court for organising unlawful industrial action at shipping terminals in Sydney and Brisbane.
The Gig Economy: Navigating new ways to work
20 Jun 2018
Opinion piece on the Gig Economy by Natalie James, Fair Work Ombudsman.
More than $100k in penalties after Brisbane massage parlour refuses to back-pay two workers $12,842
20 Jun 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured more than $100,000 in penalties against the former operators of two massage parlours in the Brisbane CBD after they refused to back-pay two workers who had been underpaid less than $13,000.
Melbourne dental practice faces second legal action after allegedly underpaying another 457 visa holder
18 Jun 2018
The former operators of a Melbourne dental practice are facing fresh allegations of significantly underpaying a 457 visa-holder, in a new Fair Work Ombudsman legal action.
$216,700 in penalties after Pizza Hut franchisee engages in sham contracting
15 Jun 2018
A Pizza Hut franchisee on the Gold Coast has been penalised a total of $216,700 after exploiting an Indian delivery driver under a sham contract and using false records to try to cover it up.
‘Reasonable steps’ to promote compliance essential for franchisors to avoid liability and brand damage, says FWO
14 Jun 2018
With recent laws changes setting clear expectations that franchisors need to consider how to prevent exploitation of workers, the Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a new resource providing practical advice to assist franchisors to promote sustained workplace compliance in their networks.
Fair Work Ombudsman releases results of NSW audits
14 Jun 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has today released the findings of its proactive compliance and education campaigns targeting the mid-north coast and mid-western regions of NSW, which resulted in the recovery of $431,792 for 629 local workers.
Fair Work Ombudsman commences legal action against Foodora
12 Jun 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal proceedings involving the gig economy, alleging that food delivery company Foodora Australia Pty Ltd (Foodora) engaged in sham contracting activity that resulted in the underpayment of workers.
$134,000 in penalties after Melbourne CBD outlets exploit “marginalised and disadvantaged” workers
12 Jun 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured more than $134,000 in penalties against the former operators of a café and a retail outlet in the Melbourne CBD, after three overseas workers were paid as little as $11 an hour.
Migrant workers allegedly paid no wages for a year’s work under ‘work experience’ scheme
8 Jun 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a Sydney childcare operator that allegedly failed to pay two migrant workers any wages for a year of work under the guise of an ‘unpaid work experience’ scheme.
Fair Work Ombudsman releases results of Darwin audits
8 Jun 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s proactive compliance and education campaign in Darwin has found that 54 per cent of audited businesses were non-compliant with their workplace obligations.
Almost half of inner Adelaide businesses fail the basics in workplace compliance checks
6 Jun 2018
Audits of 125 businesses across the Adelaide CBD and surrounding suburbs have found 45 per cent to be non-compliant with workplace laws.
$192,780 in penalties for Brisbane 7-Eleven outlet
5 Jun 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured almost $200,000 in penalties against the operators of a 7-Eleven outlet in Brisbane for short-changing overseas workers and creating false records to try to cover it up.
Penalty against MCG head contractor over underpayments a “wake-up call”
29 May 2018
A surprise night-time visit to the MCG by Fair Work Ombudsman inspectors to investigate exploitation of overseas workers in the venue’s supply-chain for cleaning staff has led to a $132,217 penalty against the Australian arm of a global cleaning company.
More than $200k in penalties in FWO’s first racial discrimination case
28 May 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s first racial discrimination litigation has resulted in penalties of $211,104 against the former operators of a Tasmanian hotel after they deliberately exploited two Malaysian employees of Chinese descent.

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