The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $32,435 in unpaid wages for 18 Top Juice workers.

Inspectors made surprise visits to 16 outlets across the country last year after receiving multiple reports from workers regarding workplace breaches.

12 locations were operated by franchisees and four by the franchisor.

Seven outlets were found to be non-compliant with workplace laws; five outlets underpaid employees and two breached payslip obligations.

$29,384 was recovered for 12 Melbourne workers; $2,597 for four Sydney employees and $453 for one Canberra staff member.

Inspectors issued five compliance notices requiring employers to rectify breaches of the law, resulting in full back payments.

One formal caution and two infringement notices for pay slip breaches were also issued.

“The FWO’s investigation into the Top Juice network was based upon complaints we had received from migrant employees, including international students, who can be particularly vulnerable due to their visa status and may have limited understanding of their workplace rights,” says Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker.

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