2019 media releases

The Ironing Shop franchisee faces court
20 Sep 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the operators of four ‘The Ironing Shop’ outlets in Brisbane, alleging they paid a Chinese national wages as low as $8 an hour and falsified records.
FWO files special leave application in Marland Mushrooms case
19 Sep 2019
On 13 September 2019, the Fair Work Ombudsman filed an application in the High Court of Australia seeking special leave to appeal against the split decision of the Full Federal Court in Fair Work Ombudsman v Hu [2019] FCAFC 133.
Moreton Bay targeted in FWO compliance activity
19 Sep 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced a series of targeted audits of 19 farms and businesses in the Moreton Bay region, north of Brisbane, following concerns that employers may be breaching workplace laws.
Coffee Club franchisee faces court
17 Sep 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the operator of a Coffee Club outlet in Victoria, alleging they underpaid two young workers a total of more than $15,000 and provided false records to inspectors.
Kids clothing retailer faces court
13 Sep 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced court action against a retailer that allegedly underpaid four Chinese migrants over $140,000 and breached Protecting Vulnerable Worker laws, including by committing serious contraventions and hindering-or-obstructing Fair Work inspectors.
Stadiums’ cleaning contractors audited
9 Sep 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman conducted surprise audits last week at AAMI Park in Melbourne, ANZ Stadium in Sydney and GIO Stadium in Canberra to analyse the cleaning arrangements of these stadiums as part of a sham contracting investigation.
Jamaica Blue and Muffin Break employees back-paid
3 Sep 2019
Foodco, the franchisor of the Jamaica Blue and Muffin Break cafés, has back-paid 166 employees a total of $26,562.30 under a two-year audit and compliance agreement with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Thales signs court-enforceable undertaking
30 Aug 2019
A major manufacturing company has back-paid workers more than $7 million in wages, superannuation and interest, after entering into a Court-Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Operators of two Hello Juice outlets face court
29 Aug 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the operators of two Hello Juice outlets in Victoria, alleging they underpaid 27 workers a total of almost $40,000.
Sushi operators penalised $125,000
21 Aug 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured penalties of $125,700 against the operators of two sushi outlets in Queensland for breaching Australia’s workplace laws.
Allegations against Pioneer companies dismissed
16 Aug 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s legal action against Pioneer Facility Services and Pioneer Contracting Services (Pioneer companies) has been dismissed following an appeal.
Han’s Cafe Mandurah to back-pay 16 workers
15 Aug 2019
A Han’s Café franchisee south of Perth will back-pay 16 workers $27,086 and overhaul its workplace practices, following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
WA labour-hire operator faces court
12 Aug 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against WA labour-hire business, Corporation Sun Pty Ltd, and its part-owner and chief executive, Michael Le.
Online retailer to back-pay migrant workers
9 Aug 2019
The operator of an online retail export business based in Western Sydney will back-pay three migrant workers a total of $36,546, following action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Melbourne dentist penalised
8 Aug 2019
The former operator of a Melbourne dental practice has been penalised $5,355 and ordered to back-pay a former 457 visa-holder $32,889 plus interest, following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Sydney transport company penalised $89,000
7 Aug 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a penalty of $89,250 in the Federal Circuit Court against Sydney transport company Eagle Tours Pty Ltd after it misclassified bus drivers as independent contractors.
Contempt of court case discontinued
2 Aug 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has discontinued its contempt-of-court action against Northern Queensland man Leigh Alan Jorgensen, the former operator of a Cairns company trading as Trek North Tours.
Call centre operator back-pays 43 workers
2 Aug 2019
A Gold Coast call centre operator has back-paid $77,286 to 43 employees after audits by the Fair Work Ombudsman identified breaches of workplace laws.
FWO audits La La Bar Group venues
1 Aug 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman conducted surprise audits on a number of bars in Melbourne’s popular Chapel Street district last night to check the businesses were complying with Australia’s workplace laws.
FWO audits Brisbane’s West End
25 Jul 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman is today continuing surprise audits of 50 bars, restaurants and cafes in Brisbane’s popular West End food district to check if they are compliant with workplace laws.
Day spa operator back-pays visa holders
23 Jul 2019
The operator of six day spa centres in Sydney has back-paid $65,939.87 to 13 employees, and admits he made unlawful deductions from their salary and underpaid penalty rates and annual leave entitlements.
MADE Establishment signs undertaking
18 Jul 2019
A major Melbourne restaurant company has back-paid workers over $7.8 million in wages and superannuation and faces ongoing regulatory scrutiny, after entering into a Court-Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
FWO takes action alleging underpayment of nanny
17 Jul 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched proceedings in the Federal Court alleging that Sydney businessman, Kit Antony (Tony) Lam, underpaid a Filipino nanny and domestic worker up to $155,178.
Bundaberg businesses audited
11 Jul 2019
Fair Work inspectors are today completing audits of about 40 businesses in Queensland’s Wide Bay region, following concerns that employers in the horticulture sectors may be breaching workplace laws.
$243,000 penalties for underpayments, false records
8 Jul 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured penalties of $243,000 against the operators of several retail fruit and vegetable and flower stores across Melbourne for underpaying workers, non-compliant record keeping and falsifying employment records.

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