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Coffee Club Franchisee Faces $150,000 Fine Over Underpayment Allegations


A Coffee Club franchisee is facing fines of almost $150,000 for allegedly underpaying two young workers.

The owner-operator of the Coffee Club in Westfield Geelong, Edison Peng, and his company JMSL Pty Ltd, withheld a total of $15,412 from two workers and provided falsified payslips and records to Fair Work inspectors, according to the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO).

Both workers — aged 19 and 20 — reached out to the FWO after being denied casual loadings and penalty rates for weekend and public holiday work, both of which are guaranteed under the Restaurant Industry Award.

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