South Yarra Restaurant Faces Court Over Alleged Record-keeping Failures

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Media Release

      15 Sept 2009

South Yarra restaurant faces court over alleged

record-keeping failures

The operators of a Melbourne restaurant will face court for allegedly failing to keep proper

employment records for more than 70 employees.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a prosecution against Baker Group Management

Pty Ltd, which trades as Angelucci’s Restaurant and Bar on Chapel Street, South Yarra.

The Agency is also prosecuting the company’s operations manager Sam Baker.

The Fair Work Ombudsman audited the Baker Group last year after receiving a complaint

from an employee.

Documents lodged in the Magistrates’ Court in Melbourne allege inspectors found the

company had failed to keep proper employment records for more than 70 staff.

The employment records allegedly did not contain details such as names of some employees,

whether employees were employed on a full-time, part-time or casual basis, all hours worked

by employees and superannuation contributions made.

The Fair Work Ombudsman claims the company also failed to issue written payslips.

Fair Work Ombudsman Victorian Director Rhonda Murray says the decision to prosecute was

made because of the seriousness of the alleged breaches.

“We are alleging that the employment records were in such poor condition that our inspectors

were not able to determine whether employees had been paid their full entitlements,” she


The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges Baker Group and Mr Baker committed 11 breaches of

workplace relations laws. The allegations will be defended.

The maximum potential penalty per breach is $5500 for Baker Group and $1100 for Mr Baker. 

The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes harmonious, productive and co-operative workplaces.

It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national workplace laws.

Employers or employees seeking assistance should contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13

94 or visit For translations call 13 14 50.

Media inquiries: 

Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations. 0419 818 484.

Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser Media & Stakeholder Relations. (03) 9954 2561,

0434 365 924.

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