2018 media releases

Adelaide and Perth’s popular food precincts hit with unannounced workplace audits
29 Mar 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has conducted a series of surprise visits to cafes, restaurants and bars in Adelaide and Perth, checking businesses’ compliance with workplace laws.
A third of Tasmanian south and east coast businesses put on notice
28 Mar 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has today released the results of its proactive education and compliance campaign targeting Tasmania’s south and east coasts, finding 31 per cent of audited businesses to be non-compliant with workplace laws.
$200,000 in penalties after overseas worker exploited and sacked by text message
27 Mar 2018
The former owner-operator of an Indian restaurant in Perth has been penalised more than $200,000 after paying an overseas cook nothing for almost four months’ work then sacking him by text message for taking a day of sick leave.
Half of Barossa businesses breaching workplace laws, campaign finds
22 Mar 2018
Half of Barossa businesses are committing at least one breach of workplace laws, according to a report released by the Fair Work Ombudsman today.
Fair Work Ombudsman ‘Here to Help’ Tasmania’s multicultural community at Harmony Week event
21 Mar 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman is collaborating with the Multicultural Council of Tasmania (MCOT) to host a community event aimed at increasing multicultural communities’ awareness of the information and assistance available when it comes to workplace issues.
$80,000 in penalties against two Han’s Café franchisees after vulnerable workers underpaid
20 Mar 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a total of $80,000 in penalties against the franchisees of two Han’s Café outlets in Perth after vulnerable staff were underpaid almost $100,000.
Western Sydney campaign reveals high rates of unlawful workplaces
16 Mar 2018
High rates of non-compliance uncovered by the Fair Work Ombudsman in Western Sydney have reinforced the importance of ensuring that Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities have ready access to workplace information and advice.
FWO Report finds three quarters of Caltex sites breaching workplace laws
5 Mar 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s latest Compliance Activity Report shows a workplace non-compliance rate of 76 per cent in the Caltex service network.
Melbourne company facing court over allegations relating to a 7-Eleven outlet and Ramen restaurant
2 Mar 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the former franchisee of a 7-Eleven retail outlet in the Melbourne CBD for allegedly exploiting three international students through a cash-back scheme.
New legal action focuses on redundancy laws
27 Feb 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has brought proceedings relating to redundancy entitlements, in a new legal action against services company Spotless Services Australia Limited for allegedly contravening workplace laws when it terminated the employment of three workers at Perth International Airport.
Court action for alleged underpayments, false records at Degani café
26 Feb 2018
The operator of a Degani café in Melbourne’s north-east is facing Court after he allegedly used false records to conceal more than $12,000 in underpayments of staff, including teenagers and overseas workers.
20,000 tip-offs shine a light on dodgy workplaces
23 Feb 2018
Thousands of anonymous reports from concerned members of the community are assisting the Fair Work Ombudsman to target unlawful practices in workplaces across Australia and deliver outcomes for workers who might otherwise not seek help.
Red flag for restaurant as almost $200,000 in penalties imposed for deliberate underpayments
21 Feb 2018
The operators of a Melbourne restaurant have been hit with nearly $200,000 in penalties, after a Judge ruled they deliberately underpaid workers.
$81,000 in penalties after Perth security company offers “lame excuse” for underpaying guards
20 Feb 2018
A Perth security company has been penalised in Court for underpaying its guards more than $200,000, with a Judge saying the company’s claim that it thought overpaying in relation to minimum rates would “counteract” other rates of pay was a “lame excuse”.
Fair Work Ombudsman speaks your language with instant website translation
19 Feb 2018
It is now easier than ever for overseas workers and linguistically diverse communities to find out about their workplace rights and obligations, with the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website now accessible in 40 languages other than English.
Being “too busy and lazy” to keep records results in $43,200 in penalties for massage parlour operator
16 Feb 2018
The operator of a number of massage parlours in Adelaide who said he was “too busy and lazy” to keep proper records has been penalised for contraventions of record-keeping and pay slip laws, following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Bundaberg transport company allegedly underpaid worker $11,000 in less than a year
15 Feb 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a Bundaberg-based transport company for allegedly underpaying an employee more than $11,000 over a period of just nine months.
Fair Work Ombudsman Inquiry uncovers rampant exploitation of Woolworths cleaners
14 Feb 2018
Cleaning contractors at 90 per cent of Woolworths’ Tasmanian supermarket sites were not complying with workplace laws, a Fair Work Ombudsman Inquiry has found.
$121,000 penalty imposed for “outrageous exploitation of a young person”
13 Feb 2018
Michael Patrick Pulis, a business operator who told his employee to “seriously, f**k off…” when the worker asked when he would receive money owed to him, has been penalised $21,500.
Increased compliance but still room for improvement among Northern Territory businesses
9 Feb 2018
Audits of 38 businesses in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek have found that there is still some way to go in ensuring that businesses in the region are complying with workplace laws.
NT domestic violence refuge commits to change after underpaying its staff $50,000
8 Feb 2018
A Northern Territory refuge for women and children victims of domestic violence has back-paid 11 employees a total of more than $50,000, after intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Underpayments drop as trolley collection undertaking continues
7 Feb 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has welcomed findings of improved wage compliance and accountability in Coles’ trolley collection network, with 91 per cent of the supermarket giant’s stores now with ‘in-house’ trolley collection.
Outback homestead operator to face court after 17 workers underpaid $23,000
6 Feb 2018
The operator of a remote Northern Territory homestead is facing major penalties after underpaying 17 employees more than $23,000.
Degani café underpays young workers
1 Feb 2018
A Degani Bakery Café south of Melbourne has agreed to back-pay staff almost $10,000 after a Fair Work Ombudsman audit found employees as young as 18 were being underpaid.
Southern ACT businesses on notice after campaign finds pay slip and wage rate breaches
31 Jan 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has today released the findings of its proactive compliance and education campaign targeting the Southern ACT region, with 69 per cent of businesses found to be fully compliant with their workplace obligations.

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