Calombaris & # 39; underpayment saga deepens: the little-known law that unions could see coming after the famous chef and forcing him to pay thousands more
- George Calombaris has been in hot water for underpaying staff $ 7.8 million
- His attorney general & # 39; light & # 39; fined his $ 200,000 last week. called
- Trade unions have the power to look for extra fines under a little-known clause
- Network Ten announced next season that MasterChef will have three new jury members
MasterChef Judge George Calombaris could still have a fight in his hands because it has been revealed that unions have the power to take legal action on the underpayment saga.
The Network Ten personality has been embroiled in scandals since the Fair Work Ombudsman struck him and his company with a $ 200,000 fine after government employees in his restaurants received nearly $ 8 million in wages.
And while the controversial star eagerly wants to go further from the scandal, a little-known rule could soon see him back in court.
Calombaris and his wife Natalie Tricarico were seen eating breakfast after it was announced that MasterChef will replace the judges next season due to a reported pay dispute
MasterChef's judge, George Calombaris, was shown knocked down on Wednesday
Under Section 715 (4) of the Fair Work Act, a & # 39; person other than an inspector who otherwise has the right to request an order regarding the violation & # 39; – which means that a trade union could take action against the company.
Former FWO told Natalie James The Australian Financial Review nothing prevented trade unions from seeking extra fines.
And they could have a decent case after Mr. Calombaris' Made Establishment company had admitted underpayments in an enforceable company.
& # 39; From a public policy point of view, there are many good reasons for trade unions to try to give a court an example of that contribution, & # 39; said Professor John Howe of the University of Melbourne.
& # 39; But there are risks that a court finds the company has been punished enough. & # 39;
The type of punishment that a court could find suitable was also discussed, because an action was taken by a supervisor.
That couple met a male friend for breakfast just one day after it was announced that he would be replaced in the hit show next season
George was wearing a white T-shirt with the text & # 39; smile and smile back & # 39; while his wife's t-shirt & # 39; Happy & # 39; read
Due to the scale of alleged underpayment throughout the industry, general deterrence can be a factor in the decision of a judge.
The flexibility of the $ 200,000 famous chef's fine for underpaying his employees, served by the Fair Work Ombudsman, has stewed the federal government and trade unions.
The president of the Australian Trade Union Council, Michelle O & Neill, pointed out that Mr. Calombaris would have earned more money in interest than the amount fined.
& # 39; They didn't prosecute the company, but instead a sweetheart deal where they of course just had to promise to repay the money & # 39 ;, she told Sky News.
The announcement last Thursday came after four years of research into Mr. Calombaris' Made Establishment company.
The famous chef will not return to Masterchef next season after the contract negotiations could not reach an agreement
Calombaris presents the prize to Larissa Takchi, winner of MasterChef 2019
Matt Preston (left), George Calombaris (center) and Gary Mehigan (right) will be replaced at MasterChef next season
The star had blamed the problem in its high-profile Melbourne restaurants – including the Hellenic Republic, Press Club, and Gazi – for historically poor processes & # 39 ;.
After the announcement, calls were made to release the star from his job as a judge in the popular television show.
It was later revealed that he would not return to the program due to a collapse of contractual negotiations.
Mr. Calombaris as well as veteran judges Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan left the show after their request for a significant pay rise was rejected.
After an 11 year anniversary, the trio will be replaced by former participant Poh Ling Yeow and popular famous chefs Maggie Beer and Curtis Stone.
They reportedly demanded a pay rise of more than 40 percent to stay.
But in a post on Instagram on Tuesday evening, Mehigan denied that their departure was motivated by finances.
& # 39; It was time to move on, to have more free time to explore our own creativity & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; It was never about the money and will never be about the money. & # 39;
They made their last appearance during the season finale on Tuesday evening 2019.
MASTERCHEF JUDGES GONE: COMPLETE STATEMENT OF NETWORK TEN
George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan will not return to the MasterChef
Network Ten announced Tuesday that Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris will not return as jury members in the following season of MasterChef Australia.
Network Ten chief executive officer Paul Anderson said: Despite months of negotiations, Ten was unable to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George.
& # 39; In 11 sensational seasons, MasterChef Australia has established itself as one of the most popular and respected cooking television series around the world.
& # 39; For more than a decade, the iconic series has shaped and inspired the Australian public's passion for food and cooking, bringing iconic TV moments and fulfilling the culinary dreams of everyday home cooks.
& # 39; We want to thank Gary, George and Matt for their contribution over the past 11 years.
& # 39; MasterChef Australia has always thought that ordinary Australians do extraordinary things out of love for food and we believe it is very important to continue that ethos.
& # 39; Australia is full of remarkable cooking talent and we can't wait to introduce a new group – and the next generation of exception judges – into season 12 of MasterChef Australia next year & # 39 ;.
GEORGE CALOMBARIS STAFF LOSES OUT AT MASTERCHEF JUDGE
In the run-up to the grand finale of Tuesday's MasterChef, employees told Daily Mail Australia that George Calombaris continues to cheat Australians.
Former Hellenic Republic waiter Aidan Carter said the MasterChef judge had little respect for the mental health of his employees.
Former Hellenic Republic waiter Aidan Carter continues to fight George Calombaris' company to charge unpaid vacation leave. He claims that the company has practically ignored employees
& # 39; It's pretty toxic – it's a tough thing for everyone's mental health I think. There would be so many problems within the industry & # 39 ;, he said.
Carter worked for five years in Calombaris' restaurant – four of which claimed he was underpaid.
The former employee said like many in the hospitality industry, he worked anywhere up to 55 hours a week, but was paid for just 38.
Others had worked up to 70.
He was also paid briefly at dodgy casual rates.
When he worked out his actual rights based on the price, he had missed considerable arrears.
& # 39; I think they convey the message that everyone is paid, but there is a small group of us who have been in contact with the company for at least 18 months and I really don't get an answer, "he said.
Mr. Carter said it felt like the Calombaris company, Made Establishment, ignored the problem.
One employee could not even obtain his full-time payslips, according to Mr. Carter.
& # 39; They really keep it quiet. In the past they really hoped it would disappear and now it has clearly resurfaced, but unfortunately it has not really put them into action and it is disturbing to see that the image he sells that people believe everyone is paid and it is now over, but there are still people fighting for payments, & he said.
The famous chef is in hot water after having paid his staff an amount of $ 7.8 million
. (TagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) news