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Food chains fined

TWO major fast food franchisors in Western Australia have been fined $10,000 in the Industrial Magistrate’s Court for illegally employing children. Pizza chain Domino’s and chicken chain Red Rooster last week pleaded guilty to multiple offences including rostering children outside allowable hours and employing a child without parental consent. Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Pty Ltd, which operates the Inglewood pizza outlet on Beaufort Street, was fined $7,000 on two charges of employing children outside hours prescribed by the law on 12 occasions. On one shift, a boy aged 14 was left to finish work at 2am. Domino’s was also fined $5,000 for employing another child without parental consent. Magistrate Giuseppe Cichinni said the company’s conduct “is not on”. Red Rooster Pty Ltd also faced court, with its Esperance outlet fined $3,000 for employing children on 11 shifts outside allowable hours. Both companies blamed failures in their systems for the offences. However, acting director of compliance with the Labour Relations Division of the Department for Consumer and Employment Protection, Carole Baetge, said both companies admitted they had been fully informed of the new rules governing child employment.

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