2019 media releases

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.
FWO audits Top Juice outlets
12 Nov 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman today carried out surprise audits of 17 Top Juice outlets in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT to check compliance with Australia’s workplace laws.
Crust pizza franchisee discriminated against migrant workers
4 Nov 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $104,000 in penalties against the operators of a Crust Gourmet Pizza franchise outlet in Hobart after they discriminated against four migrant workers by paying them much less than Australian employees.
Adelaide Oval and Gabba cleaning contractors audited
31 Oct 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has conducted surprise audits of cleaning arrangements at the Adelaide Oval and Brisbane’s Gabba this week.
FWO responds to Woolworths’ self-disclosure
30 Oct 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman is shocked that yet another large, publicly listed company has today admitted to breaching Australia’s workplace laws on a massive scale.
Coffee Club franchisee to back-pay migrant worker
29 Oct 2019
The operators of a western Sydney café will back-pay a casual waitress $36,745 and overhaul its workplace practices, after signing a Court-Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Melbourne dental operators penalised
25 Oct 2019
The former operators of a Melbourne dental practice have been penalised a total of $73,000 for underpaying a visa holder tens of thousands of dollars, following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Café allegedly paid workers in food and drink
23 Oct 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in Court against the operators of a Brisbane café that allegedly partially paid some of its employees in food and drink.
FWO recovers $40 million for workers
22 Oct 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s 2018-19 Annual Report reveals a significant increase in recovered wages, record visits to our resources and firm enforcement of workplace laws.
Family services organisation to back-pay workers
15 Oct 2019
North Queensland organisation Catalyst Child and Family Services Ltd will back-pay workers approximately $200,000 after breaching Australia’s workplace laws.
Café-restaurant operator faces court
10 Oct 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the former operators of the Fair Espresso Central Market café-restaurant in the Adelaide CBD.

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