Burger chain back-pays staff $1.1 million
Former and current employees of Mos Burger have been back-paid $1.12 million by the Australian arm of the Japanese burger chain.
Mos Burger Australia Pty Ltd, which has entered into a Court-Enforceable Undertaking after a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation found contraventions of the Fast Food Industry Award 2010, will also face ongoing scrutiny of its workplace practices.
Between 2011 and 2018, 285 workers were underpaid across the company’s six stores in Brisbane, Surfers Paradise, Southport, Broadbeach, Mt Gravatt and Sunnybank.
A number of breaches were uncovered by Fair Work inspectors. The company had paid unlawfully low flat rates to workers and misclassified some employees as part-time when they were in fact casuals. The business failed to pay ordinary hourly rates, casual loadings, and penalty rates for night, weekend and public holiday hours.
Many of the affected workers were visa holders and young workers, and were employed in a variety of positions, with individual underpayments ranging from $18 to $31,975.
The company has rectified all unpaid wages and superannuation, and paid an additional seven per cent compensation to workers.
Under the Enforceable Undertaking, MOS Burgers Australia must fund external auditors to check pay and conditions for workers employed in 2019 and 2020, and rectify any underpayments.
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