2019 media releases

Dinner by Heston statement
23 Dec 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman is concerned that a significant number of employees of Tipsy Cake Pty Ltd are owed back-pay after the company failed to comply with a statutory notice requiring it to calculate and back pay entitlements to workers. The final date for compliance was 20 December 2019.
Penalty for NSW cleaning operator
20 Dec 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured penalties of $17,190 against a Gosford cleaning operator who failed to comply with a Compliance Notice that required him to back-pay two workers.
Gold Coast bar operator faces court
20 Dec 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of the Chevron Tavern, located on the Gold Coast.
$730,000 recovered from popular food franchises
18 Dec 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $731,648 in unpaid wages for 780 workers after a national investigation into emerging fast food, restaurant and café franchises.
Chatime franchisor faces court
18 Dec 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the Australian franchisor of the Chatime bubble tea chain and its managing director, alleging employees at franchisor-operated Chatime outlets in Sydney and Melbourne were underpaid more than $169,000.
WA foster carers back-paid $6 million
13 Dec 2019
Home-care services organisation Lifestyle Solutions Ltd has back-paid foster carers in remote Western Australia more than $6 million after breaching Australia’s workplace laws.
Fremantle restaurant taken to court
12 Dec 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court in Perth against the Soma Kitchen restaurant in Fremantle, Western Australia, and its director.
Tasmanian restaurant operator faces court
11 Dec 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of the Jade Willow Chinese Restaurant located at Ulverstone in Tasmania.
Darwin restaurant operator taken to court
9 Dec 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court against the owner of the now-defunct ‘Bar.B.Q Tonight NT’ restaurant.
Over $100,000 penalties for Moreton Island restaurant
9 Dec 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured penalties of $113,808 against a former manager of a Queensland resort restaurant and its owner after the underpayment of migrant workers.
Over $300,000 returned to fast food, restaurant and café workers
6 Dec 2019
Fast food restaurant and café workers in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia have received $316,674 in back payments for unpaid wages, following Fair Work Ombudsman audits of popular ‘cheap eat’ food districts.
Burger chain back-pays $1.1 million to workers
6 Dec 2019
The Australian arm of a Japanese burger chain has back-paid $1.12 million to 285 former and current Queensland workers and will face ongoing scrutiny of its workplace practices.
Over $40,000 penalty after teenager not paid
5 Dec 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a $41,040 penalty against the former operator of a Sunshine Coast-based business after he was involved in a failure to pay an 18-year-old labourer any wages for almost a month’s work.
FWO alleges EU non-compliance
5 Dec 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has commenced legal action to enforce terms of a Court-Enforceable Undertaking (EU) that was executed with Saffron Indian Gourmet Pty Ltd (Saffron) earlier this year.
Gold Coast café and director face court
3 Dec 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of a café at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
FWO recovers entitlements for school cleaners
29 Nov 2019
Following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman, the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) has made significant changes to school cleaning contracts to protect workers.
Courier company failed to provide paid meal breaks
29 Nov 2019
A failure to provide paid meal breaks has resulted in national parcel delivery company Couriers Please Pty Ltd underpaying staff $382,065 over a period of eight years.
Printing business penalised
22 Nov 2019
The operators of a Sydney printing finishing business have back-paid migrant workers $229,564 and been penalised a combined $18,144 following Fair Work Ombudsman court action.
Sydney PappaRich franchisees penalised
21 Nov 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $307,802 in penalties in the Federal Circuit Court in response to 154 workers across three PappaRich restaurants in Sydney being underpaid $74,000.
Plumber penalised over $150,000
19 Nov 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured penalties of $151,200 against a Victorian plumber and his company for underpaying a young worker following previous court action involving “startlingly similar” conduct.
Former Crust pizza franchisee penalised
19 Nov 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a total of $75,400 in penalties in court against a former Melbourne Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar franchisee and one of its directors after they underpaid seven employees and provided false records to the FWO.
Dental practice operator faces court
18 Nov 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of the Available Dental Care dental practice at Campbelltown in south-western Sydney.
Federal Court penalises NUW
15 Nov 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a $72,900 penalty and $101,539.50 compensation order in the Federal Court against the National Union of Workers (NUW) over unlawful industrial action in Melbourne.
Recidivist Melbourne employer penalised $398,000
15 Nov 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a total of $398,520 in penalties against a Melbourne CBD travel agency and one of its directors for underpaying two migrant workers.
Court action over alleged underpayments in Cairns
14 Nov 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the operators of two food outlets in northern Queensland, alleging they underpaid 18 workers, including teenagers, a total of $13,913.

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