The Fair Work Ombudsman today carried out surprise audits of 17 Top Juice outlets in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT to check if they are compliant with workplace laws.
The operation came about after the workplace watchdog received a number of complaints from employees who alleged they were not being paid properly.
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 claimed they were not given breaks and were not being provided with proper payslips and not paid termination entitlements.
Fair Work inspectors spent today in stores, reviewing employment records and speaking with Top Juice staff and management about employment entitlements and record keeping processes.
No excuse for wage theft
Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from Industrial Relations Claims said there is no excuse for wage theft.
“If these reports about Top Juice are proven to be true, then it would appear they have been deliberately and systematically ripping off their workers,” he said.
“Clearly, Fair Work is so concerned about the reports it has received that they have commenced this major audit.
“There is no excuse for an employer to not be paying proper wages and entitlements.”
The results of the Top Juice audit campaign will be reported by the Fair Work Ombudsman once investigations are complete.
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