2019 media releases

Indian restaurant back-pays 22 workers
15 Mar 2019
An Indian restaurant on the Gold Coast has signed up to a Court Enforceable Undertaking (EU) that will significantly improve its workplace practices, after the Fair Work Ombudsman found it underpaid workers a total of $54,470.
Brisbane teenager allegedly unpaid for 150 hours
7 Mar 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the former operator of a Sunshine Coast-based business, alleging he failed to pay an 18-year-old labourer.
Subway franchisee penalised $65,000
4 Mar 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $65,438 in penalties in Court against the former franchisee of two Subway outlets in Sydney for underpaying a Chinese worker more than $16,000.
Fashion start-up penalised over unpaid internship
1 Mar 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a total of $329,133 in penalties in Court against a fashion industry start-up for underpaying three workers more than $40,000, including by purportedly engaging one of the workers as an unpaid intern when she was, in fact, a part-time employee.
Brisbane restaurant back-pays workers
22 Feb 2019
A Thai restaurant in the Brisbane CBD will overhaul its workplace practices after the Fair Work Ombudsman found it underpaid three international students a total of $27,164.
Former Caltex franchisee penalised $77,000
15 Feb 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured total penalties of $77,708 against a former Sydney Caltex franchisee who falsified wage records for migrant workers.
Sydney hair salon ordered to pay $77,000 in penalties
12 Feb 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured more than $77,000 in penalties against the operator of a Sydney hair salon for underpaying a teenage apprentice in her first job more than $14,000.
Sushi outlets allegedly underpaid workers $694,000
8 Feb 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has commenced legal action against the operators of three Hero Sushi takeaway outlets for allegedly underpaying 94 workers and allegedly creating false records to provide to Fair Work Inspectors during their investigation.
Over $250,000 in penalties for café underpayments
4 Feb 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has secured $257,000 in penalties against a company and its director that underpaid 54 workers at a 24-hour café in Melbourne’s Crown Casino precinct.
Sushi operator faces Court under new onus of proof laws
25 Jan 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has commenced the first legal action utilising new reverse onus of proof laws that require employers to disprove underpayment allegations in Court when they have failed to keep adequate time and wages records or issue pay slips.
Regional workers back-paid $190,000
25 Jan 2019
Fair Work Ombudsman audits of 600 workplaces in remote and regional locations across Australia have recovered $191,125 for 268 workers.
$335,664 in penalties for underpaying workers at 7-Eleven outlet and restaurant
18 Jan 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $335,664 in penalties against a Melbourne company and two individuals for underpaying Chinese workers at a 7-Eleven franchise on William Street and a Japanese restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD.
TCF campaign recovers $80,000 for workers
11 Jan 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $84,846 for 138 Textile, Clothing and Footwear workers following a series of audits across Australia.
Coles’ trolley collectors report
9 Jan 2019
The final report on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd reveals a highly compliant network, with 94 per cent of the supermarket’s stores now using ‘in-house’ trolley collectors.
$216k in penalties for sham contracting, underpayments
4 Jan 2019
Two labour-hire companies that provided workers exclusively to a major home care company in Adelaide have been penalised a total of more than $200,000 over a sham contracting scheme that resulted in underpayments and significant hardship for workers.

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