George Calombaris (Image: AAP/Regi Varghese)

Normally, employer groups are among the most vocal supporters of rigorous enforcement of industrial relations laws, especially on "rogue" and "militant" unions.

But the hospitality industry, it seems, would prefer if the relevant regulator wasn't too eager to enforce the rule of law. At least, that's the message in the wake of the collapse of George Calombaris' restaurant company.

The celebrity chef's empire crumbled after revelations it underpaid staff millions over a number of years. A dramatic fall in patronage followed.