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Pharmacy may have a case of underpayments

UnderpaymentsNovember 14, 2014

Pharmacy may have a case of underpayments (Last Updated On: November 14, 2014)

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is seeking a court order against three men Nader Bastawrose, Amgad Samaan and Ashraf Youssef who operate pharmacies under the name of ‘Save and Deliver’. The men allegedly underpaid an Egyptian man $62,000 and a second employee may also have been underpaid.

The staff delivered medicines to customers’ homes and transferred supplies between pharmacies in Maroubra, Liverpool and Mt Druitt. The investigations by the FWO has led to legal action against the business operators. It is alleged that the employers did not pay their employees the correct hourly rate and allegedly mistreated the vulnerable employee who spoke limited English. The employers were allegedly paying the staff members ‘$12-$16 an hour when they should have been paid $16-$30 depending on the shift’.

Save and Deliver had employed the Egyptian worker for over four years and may have to back pay the man $62,000. The employers also face fines of $10,200 each for breaching their legal workplace obligations.

The FWO claims that the business operators did not co-operate with the investigation and the FWO spokesperson Natalie James said that the business had ‘previously been put on notice about the need to comply with workplace laws’.

For employers this example of an alleged breach in workplace obligations is one to take note. The role of the employer is to act in a fair and just manner toward each staff member. Employers must pay their staff correctly and abide by all workplace laws.

If you are unsure if you are currently operating your business with the correct procedures or not meeting the required workplace obligations call Employsure today on 1300 651 415 or fill in the form below. Employsure can do a complete review of your current policies and procedures and provide employment solutions to ensure that you are compliant. We are ready to take your call.

*Information sourced via the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

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