2020 media releases

Former Sydney restaurant operators penalised
30 Oct 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured court penalties of $119,200 against the former operators of the Blue Moon Restaurant in western Sydney who underpaid an Indian employee more than $150,000.
7-Eleven partnership improves compliance
30 Oct 2020
Major convenience and fuel outlets franchisor 7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd has made substantial improvements to its payroll and time-recording systems as part of a three-year compliance partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Former Melbourne clothing retailer penalised
28 Oct 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $43,375 in penalties in Court against the former operator of a clothing retail store in the Melbourne CBD.
Security company in court
28 Oct 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of a Victorian security firm.
Former accounting firm penalised
27 Oct 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a penalty of $28,350 in Court against UHY Sothertons Sydney Pty Ltd, a company which formerly operated a Sydney accounting firm.
WA restaurant in court
27 Oct 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of a restaurant at Mandurah, south of Perth.
Operators of Barry Cafe penalised
22 Oct 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a total of $232,545 in penalties in Court against the company that operates ‘Barry Café’, in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote, and two of its directors after they deliberately underpaid 73 staff members more than $180,000.
WA fruit packing company penalised
22 Oct 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $22,680 in court penalties against Western Australian fruit packing company Corporation Sun Pty Ltd and its chief executive officer Michael Le.
More than $123 million recovered for workers
15 Oct 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s 2019-20 Annual Report reveals a record sum of money recovered for underpaid workers across the country during the past financial year.
Online directory business in court
13 Oct 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of an online business based in the Melbourne suburb of Cranbourne North.
Queensland dairy farm operator in court
12 Oct 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operator of a dairy farm in the Toowoomba region, in Queensland.
Wages recovered for stadium cleaners
9 Oct 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has recovered $25,292 in unpaid wages for 270 employees after investigating companies contracted to clean some of the nation’s leading stadiums.
Chemist Warehouse partnership improves compliance
2 Oct 2020
Major pharmacy franchise CW Retail Services Pty Ltd (Chemist Warehouse) has back-paid employees and improved its payroll practices following a three-year compliance partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Tasmanian restaurant operator penalised
1 Oct 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $14,500 in penalties in court against the operators of the Jade Willow Chinese Restaurant located at Ulverstone in Tasmania.
Electrical services business in court
1 Oct 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against an electrical services business based in Brisbane.
Over $160,000 recovered in Korean worker audits
25 Sep 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $161,551 in unpaid wages for 284 workers after a national proactive investigation of 51 fast food outlets, restaurants and cafés employing Korean workers.
FWO takes action against Brisbane café
24 Sep 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in court against the operator of a Brisbane café alleging breaches including that employees were partially paid in food and drink.
Hairdressing salon operator in court
23 Sep 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operator of a Melbourne hairdressing salon.
Building waste recycler in court
22 Sep 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against Natjon Constructions Pty Ltd the NSW-based operator of a building waste recycling yard in Geelong, Victoria.
Fremantle restaurant penalised for “disregard” of law
21 Sep 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a total of $21,924 in penalties in Court against the operators of the Soma Kitchen restaurant in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Wages recovered for Top Juice workers
11 Sep 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $32,435 in unpaid wages for 18 workers following an investigation into 16 outlets of fresh juice and salad franchise Top Juice across eastern Australia.
IBM signs Enforceable Undertaking
11 Sep 2020
Multinational technology company IBM has back-paid Australian employees more than $12 million after entering into an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Western Power signs Enforceable Undertaking
10 Sep 2020
Western Australian electricity network provider Western Power has back-paid employees more than $8 million, and is reporting to the Fair Work Ombudsman to ensure it correctly calculates and finalises further significant back-payments, under an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) entered into with the FWO.
November 2020
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Beauty salon operators in court
9 Sep 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of the Bestie House Salon in the Adelaide CBD.

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