The Fair Work Ombudsman today carried out surprise audits of 17 Top Juice stores along Australia’s east coast.
The regulator targeted outlets in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT to check compliance with workplace laws.
The operation follows a number of complaints from employees alleging wage theft.
Top Juice outlets targeted
There are 75 Top Juice stores across Australia.
They make and sell a variety of health food products, such as juice and salads.
In addition to underpayments, employees who contacted Fair Work also claim they are not:
- given lawful breaks;
- provided with proper payslips; and
- paid proper termination entitlements.
Fair Work inspectors spent today in stores, reviewing employment records and speaking with staff and management.
No excuse for wage theft
Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from Industrial Relations Claims says there is no excuse for wage theft.
“If these reports about Top Juice are proven to be true, then it would appear the company has been deliberately and systematically ripping off their workers,” he said.
“Clearly, Fair Work is so concerned about the reports it has received that it has commenced this major audit campaign.
“There is no excuse for an employer to not pay proper wages and entitlements to their workers.”
The results of the Top Juice audit campaign will be reported by the Fair Work Ombudsman once investigations are complete.
“TOP JUICE WORKERS BACK-PAID $32,000 IN STOLEN WAGES”
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