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Celebrity restaurant wage theft scandals signal industry norm

11/02/2020

The latest celebrity-chef-linked wage theft scandal, with the high-end restaurant Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in Melbourne allegedly underpaying its staff by AUS$4m, is the tip of the iceberg for wage exploitation

Wage watch! 6 must-know employee award changes in 2020

02/01/2020

The passing of the new year welcomed Australia into a fresh decade, and while many of us are still suffering the throes of the party season, industry regulators are already

Do I always have to pay franchise fees?

27/11/2019

“Surely I don’t have to pay fees if the franchise lets me down?” Is this fact or fiction? Let’s take a closer look… It’s a fact of life that despite

Industry bodies back awards system review

25/11/2019

Amid growing wage theft reports, backing for a review of the nation’s award system is steadily swelling. The National Retail Association (NRA) on Friday said it was “ready, willing and

$300,000 penalty for PappaRich franchisees

22/11/2019

PappaRich franchisees in Sydney have copped over $300,000 in penalties, after the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) found that more than 150 staff members had been underpaid. In a disturbing case

Wage theft inquiry to probe systematic underpayment

15/11/2019

Employers who underpay workers are set to face close scrutiny, with the Federal government launching an official wage theft inquiry. The wage theft inquiry comes after corporate regulators and watchdogs identified

“Complex system” not to blame for wage theft

13/11/2019

Is Australia’s award system so complex major corporations capable of handling millions of customers and billions of dollars can’t manage to pay employees properly? That’s the spin flowing freely in

Top Juice outlets audited for compliance

12/11/2019

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

29/10/2019

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

Why you should be looking at compliance

21/10/2019

What should franchisors focus on right now in their businesses? According to the Legal Symposium which launched the annual National Franchise Convention yesterday franchisors need to be looking to governance and