Rockpool Dining Group’s wage reconciliation, Fair Work review and ongoing commitment to team members

Saturday, 20 July 2019: Rockpool Dining Group was formed through the merger of Urban Purveyor Group, Fratelli Fresh and Rockpool during 2015 and 2016.

Rockpool Dining Group recognises that its legacy systems and procedures were not capable of appropriately ensuring, in all instances, that every team member received correct payments to reflect hours worked and that this resulted in instances of underpayment.

Since its formation in 2016, the Group has invested to improve and modernise legacy systems and procedures, particularly in relation to payroll and time and attendance.

The company implemented a new system in April 2017 and more recently, a new time and attendance system has been rolled out which enables the company to track and monitor rosters to ensure accurate reconciliation of annualised salaries.

In 2018 Rockpool Dining Group undertook a review of the payroll function and made a number of further changes to improve the payroll systems and processes. The company undertook a reconciliation of annualised salaries relating to the financial year ending 30 June 2018, and made top-up payments to relevant employees in accordance with award terms. The Group has also made payments to relevant current and former employees in relation to the five financial years ending June 2013 to June 2017 inclusive.

The Group is continuing its attempts to contact former employees affected in respect of this period and we continue to work with employees who believe amounts remain owing.

This is a complex issue spanning multiple companies, previous ownership structures and various payment systems but we are committed to improving systems and practices to be best practice in the industry.

We have worked openly with our employees throughout the process and we remain engaged with the Fair Work Ombudsman.

We fully support the Fair Work Ombudsman in their work to improve conditions, systems and practices in the hospitality industry and other industries in Australia.

We encourage prior team members with enquiries to contact [email protected].

Media Contact:
Rachel Lebihan
Rockpool Dining Group Director of PR
0438 701 573
[email protected]

 

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