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The Ironing Shop franchisee fined $112,420 for paying $8 an hour wages


Wages theft has cost one Brisbane-based The Ironing Shop franchisee $112,420. ANS.HL Trading Pty Ltd, which operates four The Ironing Shop franchises at Teneriffe, Kangaroo Point, Norman Park and Ascot paid a Chinese national unlawfully low flat

FWO takes ex-La Porchetta franchisee to court


An ex-La Porchetta franchisee is being hauled before the Federal Circuit Court for alleged workplace breaches. Facing court is Little Italy Wagga Wagga Pty Ltd, the former franchisee for the outlet until

Minimum wage rises by $13 a week


The minimum wage in Australia will rise from July 1 to $753.80 a week, or $19.84 an hour. That’s the equivalent of a $13 a week increase. However the impact

$169,000 Chatime underpayment allegations surface


Booming bubble-tea business Chatime has been slammed by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) for allegedly underpaying staff more than $169,000. Unlike previous instances in the sector, the Chatime underpayment allegedly

Insolvency Inquiry to revamp small business practices


Australian small businesses in financial trouble may have a new course of action, should a new Insolvency Inquiry overhaul the current practices. The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

Service station chain, Westside Petroleum facing court action


Independent service station chain, Westside Petroleum is facing legal action following allegations of underpayment. The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) alleges that the chain, which operates franchised sites underpaid 22 employees

FWO springs Gami Chicken with surprise audits


The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has conducted a series of surprise audits on fast food franchise, Gami Chicken and Beer. The Gami Chicken surprise audits come after the FWO received

Former Caltex franchisee slammed with $77,000 penalty


More than $77,000 worth of penalties has been secured against a former Caltex franchisee in Sydney after the Fair Work Ombudsman uncovered a history of falsified wages and exploitation of migrant workers.

Fair Work launches compliance guide


A new resource is available to help franchisors promoted workplace compliance across their networks.

7-Eleven sides with Fair Work over franchisee actions


Convenience chain franchise 7-Eleven is backing the Fair Work Ombudsman’s investigation into one of its own franchisees.