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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

$2.3m Sunglass Hut underpayment revealed


Over 600 Sunglass Hut employees across Australia are set to be back-paid more than $2.3m after the chain admitted to underpaying staff. The Sunglass Hut underpayment admission revealed that between

Fine places former Pizza Hut franchisee in liquidation


A former Pizza Hut franchisee who exploited a delivery driver has been forced into liquidation, unable to pay a $216,000 penalty. Back in June, 2017, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO)

The Ironing Shop franchisee facing wage theft allegations


Wage theft has once again hit the headlines, with the operator of four The Ironing Shop franchised outlets in Brisbane facing allegations of migrant worker exploitation. On Friday, the Fair

Criminalise wage theft: ex-ACCC head demands action


“Get on with it now”. That was the message former head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Alan Fels sent Canberra on Wednesday, in an effort to criminalise

Café franchisee in underpayment scandal


A Han’s Café franchisee in Western Australia is the latest business owner to come under fire for underpayment, following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO). Theo Jose Dominic

Subway wages in FWO spotlight


Will sandwich chain Subway be the latest fast food chain to have franchisees fall foul of the Fair Work Ombudsman? A report in Fairfax Media indicates the FWO is pursuing underpayment concerns at the

Wage theft shocking but unsurprising


Many Australians are shocked by celebrity chef George Calombaris being caught for underpaying employees A$7.8m. It didn’t help, of course, that the television personality was also reported to be seeking a

Endota Day Spa operator slammed for underpayment


The operator of six Endota Day Spa centres in Sydney has back-paid 13 workers more than $65,000 following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO). Chris Barbour, director of