2019 media releases

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.
Chinese student underpaid nearly $13,000
5 Jul 2019
A Sydney horticulture labour-hire company will back-pay $12,933 to a Chinese student after a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation uncovered multiple breaches of workplace laws.
Sushi operator penalised for underpayments
4 Jul 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $124,416 in penalties against the operator of a chain of sushi outlets for deliberately underpaying migrant workers in Canberra.
Penalty for underpayment of Sydney security guards
3 Jul 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a penalty of $39,090 against a former Sydney security company operator for underpaying dozens of security guards.
New minimum wage kicks in today
1 Jul 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is reminding employers that the national minimum wage has today increased to $19.49 per hour (up from $18.93), or $740.80 per week (up from $719.20).
FWO discontinues legal action against Foodora
21 Jun 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has discontinued its legal action against food delivery company Foodora Australia Pty Ltd (Foodora) after the company ceased operations in Australia in August 2018.
Commonwealth Games security guards underpaid
21 Jun 2019
Ten security guards from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have received more than $24,000 in unpaid wages, following a Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) audit of security providers for the event.
Melbourne cafes back-pay 26 workers
14 Jun 2019
The operators of cafes in Richmond and Brunswick have back-paid 26 employees $24,947 and will be under close scrutiny for three years after a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation.
Regional workers back-paid over $330,000
13 Jun 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $331,386 in wages for 725 underpaid workers after conducting surprise audits in Albury-Wodonga, Ballarat and Wollongong.
Uber Australia investigation finalised
7 Jun 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has completed its investigation relating to Uber Australia Pty Ltd (Uber Australia) and its engagement of drivers.

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