The revelation comes as the workplace cop confirms it is investigating the healthy burger business, days after its founder Simon Crowe issued a panicked message to staff ahead of a “pending media story” about its training program. Grill’d, which has previously come under fire for allegedly underpaying workers, requires new employees to undertake compulsory retail and hospitality training programs. In exchange for being paid as little as $14.50 an hour — $1.50 less than the award wage — young workers receive a certificate through vocational education provider Sarina Russo. For an 18-year-old school leaver, the gap between their wage as a trainee and a non-trainee widens as they get older — from $1.50 an hour starting out to $2.50 by the time they turn 20. Critics, including one former staffer who completed the program, say the training is simply an excuse to legally pay young workers below award wages while receiving generous government handouts, a claim Grill’d “strongly” denies. “(The training) was really, really easy — literally like four hours’ work — (but) it took me almost two years to get it completed,” one former Grill’d employee told news.com.au. The young woman, who worked at the chain for nearly three… Read full this story
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