After investigating 14 shops of the bubble tea chain, Honest Work has recovered $89,952 in unpaid wages for 36 employees.
The investigation got here after tip-offs in April 2022, which indicated the potential for Sharetea underpaying employees.
Honest Work inspectors discovered the venues didn’t pay the informal minimal wages and penalty charges, together with not participating employees for the minimal informal hours.
The venues have been additionally discovered to haven’t stored correct document for his or her enterprise and had breached payslip-related necessities.
As a part of the investigation, Honest Work checked data and payslips, in addition to interviewing workers, managers and house owners throughout shops in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Canberra.
The investigation noticed Honest Work inspectors discover solely 5 of the 14 Sharetea venues to satisfy all obligations beneath the Quick Meals Award 2010 and Quick Meals Award 2020.
Honest Work inspectors issued 4 compliance notices, recovering $88,893 for 29 workers.
The inspectors additionally issued 9 infringement notices for payslip and record-keeping breaches which totalled to $17,428 in fines paid.
One of many Sharetea venues voluntarily paid seven workers $1,060 with out Honest Work appearing.
Majority of the underpayments have been from one retailer, the place $78,711 was owed to 18 workers.
The franchisee for this venue obtained an infringement discover and is now not working any franchise or fat meals enterprise.
There was $87,176 recovered for 32 employees in Sydney and $2,776 for 4 employees in Canberra.
The franchisor Sharetea Australia Pty Ltd was not discovered to have had any involvement with the breaches, and had taken steps to teach franchisees.