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Top Juice wages recovered after workplace breaches


The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $32,435 in unpaid wages for 18 workers at Top Juice. The wages recovery follows an investigation into 16 outlets across eastern Australia after multiple anonymous

Crust pizza outlet grilled for alleged underpayment


The operators of a Crust pizza outlet may find themselves in hot water next month when they face court accused of failing to comply with a Fair Work notice. Legal

$630,000 per breach; Former franchisee facing monster fines for alleged repeated exploitation


A former Han’s Café franchisee from Western Australia has become the state’s first to face legal action under the ‘serious contraventions’ provisions of the Protecting Vulnerable Workers laws. Former Perth

$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

Former Crust franchisee slammed with $75,000 penalty


Just weeks after a Crust franchisee in Hobart copped a $100,000 penalty, the pizza chain is under fire again for underpayment, this time involving a former Crust franchisee in Melbourne.

Top Juice outlets audited for compliance


Juice and smoothie franchise Top Juice has come under the microscope, after the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) conducted a series of surprise audits at outlets across the country. The Top

Coffee Club franchisee backpays $36,000 after investigation


Just days after industry stalwarts warned of increasing migrant worker exploitation, a Coffee Club franchisee in Western Sydney has become the latest to fall foul of the disturbing trend. An

18 of 22 outlets non-compliant; Subway’s underpayment concerns realised


After months of allegations and intense media scrutiny, fresh-food franchise Subway’s underpayment concerns have finally been realised. On Tuesday, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) announced that it had recovered $81,638.82

Cover-up allegations put United Petroleum under the pump


Franchised service station operator United Petroleum is under the pump after allegations of a wage theft cover-up emerged late last week. The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has launched legal against

Muffin Break franchisor back-pays $26,000 following compliance audit


Jamaica Blue and Muffin Break franchisor, Foodco has back-paid 166 employees a total of $26,562.30 following the completion of a two-year compliance agreement with the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO). The