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Migrant worker underpayment could lead to jail time


Employers who deliberately engage in employee wage fraud may face jail time under a Morrison government plan to target migrant worker underpayment and exploitation. Kelly O’Dwyer, Industrial Relations Minister gave

Consumer law updates see ACCC with renewed power


Australian retailers will face new market conditions under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Australian Consumer Law Review) passing the Senate last week.

ACCC backs harsher penalties in franchise sector


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has struck out at the franchising sector, calling for a strengthened Franchising Code of Conduct, including increasing penalties and encouraging more meaningful disclosure of information, to protect franchisees.

Crust franchisee accused of underpaying staff $35,000


A Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar franchisee in Melbourne is currently in hot water over allegations it underpaid seven employees a total of $35,725.

ACCC advocates education and transparency at inquiry hearing


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has called for greater transparency and education in franchising operations following a series of high-profile compliance issues.

Foodco bosses under fire at inquiry


Australian franchisor Foodco has been questioned over allegations of misleading franchisees at the latest hearing of the parliamentary inquiry into the Franchising Code of Conduct.

Caltex pays $5.7 million to workers after underpayment scandal


Petrol giant Caltex has paid out $5.7 million to workers for underpayments after a series of compliance breaches and exploitation were uncovered in its franchise network last year.

Inside Franchise Business September/October Mag out now!


The latest issue of Inside Franchise Business features four high-performing franchisees in four very different industries.

Shop-lifting, the disappearing drive through sparks legal battle


Exiting an investment prior to the completion of the agreement is often a lengthy and time-consuming process, but one franchisee has taken things into her own hands, quite literally.

Franchising on display at Melbourne expo


Victoria once again plays host to the latest franchise opportunities, new brands and industry advice at the Melbourne Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo.