2020 media releases

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.
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.
Over $1.2 million recovered for food and retail workers
4 Sep 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered $1,212,727 in unpaid wages for 1351 workers in the fast food, restaurant, café and retail sectors prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sunwater signs Enforceable Undertaking
28 Aug 2020
Queensland water service provider Sunwater is back-paying employees more than $2 million and has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Horticulture sector update
27 Aug 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has continued to monitor workplace compliance in the horticulture industry with inspectors assessing over 260 businesses.
Former operators of two Hello Juice outlets penalised
27 Aug 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $276,929 in penalties in the Federal Circuit Court against the former operators of two Hello Juice outlets in Victoria for deliberately exploiting employees.
Perth company penalised
21 Aug 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $18,300 in penalties in the Federal Court against the operators of a Perth gourmet food distribution business.
Over $230,000 recovered for Gami Chicken workers
21 Aug 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $233,087 in unpaid wages for 353 workers following an investigation into 19 outlets of fried chicken chain Gami Chicken & Beer.
Taiwanese restaurant operators in court
20 Aug 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced action in the Federal Court against operators of three popular Taiwanese restaurants for allegedly underpaying vulnerable workers and using false records.
Penalties for Sydney childcare operator
19 Aug 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $30,240 in penalties against a former Sydney childcare centre operator for failing to back-pay two migrant employees who worked for the centre under the guise of a volunteer arrangement.
BaptistCare signs Enforceable Undertaking
18 Aug 2020
BaptistCare NSW & ACT is back-paying employees more than $1 million and has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman in order to address its non-compliance.
Over $430,000 recovered for Geelong workers
14 Aug 2020
The FWO has recovered $431,875 in wages for 487 underpaid workers after conducting surprise audits in the Geelong area as part of its series of regional university cities proactive investigations.
Snap Fitness franchisee in court
13 Aug 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of a number of Snap Fitness outlets in Sydney.
Uniting signs Enforceable Undertaking
12 Aug 2020
The operator of the Uniting aged care homes is back-paying employees more than $3.3 million and has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
FWO acts to enforce compliance with EU
3 Aug 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action to enforce the terms of an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with the operator of a Sydney restaurant.
Medical institute signs Enforceable Undertaking
31 Jul 2020
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research is back-paying employees more than $350,000 after entering into an Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Brisbane bakery in court
29 Jul 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operator of a retail bakery business in the Brisbane suburb of Mount Ommaney.
Bakery operators face court
24 Jul 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of the Bakers Boutique & Patisserie retail bakery outlets.
Former Darwin water park operator in court
23 Jul 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the former operator of the Big Buoy Waterpark at the Darwin Waterfront precinct.
Melbourne cupcake retailer faces court
17 Jul 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of the ‘Little Cupcakes’ stores in the Melbourne CBD for allegedly underpaying employees.
Penalties for underpayments in Cairns
17 Jul 2020
The FWO has secured $86,000 in penalties in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of two food outlets in northern Queensland for deliberately underpaying 18 workers, including teenagers.
South Yarra restaurant faces Court
13 Jul 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the operators of Italian eatery Gilson Restaurant in the inner Melbourne suburb of South Yarra.
FWO launches 2020-21 priorities
13 Jul 2020
Sandra Parker has announced our strategic priorities for the year ahead, which include supporting all workplaces through the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing large corporate underpayments.
Court penalises Melbourne restaurant operator
10 Jul 2020
The operator of Coburg restaurant, The Old Cop Shop, has been penalised $22,050 in Court for failing to comply with a Compliance Notice issued by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Penalty for underpayment of mushroom farm workers
9 Jul 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a $22,440 penalty against the former owner-operator of a labour-hire company following the underpayment of 80 workers on a Queensland mushroom farm.

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