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Another Franchise bites the dust..is yours next?

A franchise owner in Western Sydney has been penalised a record $214,200 for deliberately short-changing two migrant employees and falsifying records,
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Another Franchise bites the dust..is yours next?

16 June 2016

A franchise owner in Western Sydney has been penalised a record $214,200 for deliberately short-changing two migrant employees and falsifying records, following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Sarkaria, the owner and operator of a Blacktown petrol franchise has been penalised $35,700
and his company Amritsaria Four Pty Ltd has been penalised a further $178,500. Sarkaria underpaid two console operators at his Blacktown outlet a total of $49,426 where employees had been paid rates equivalent to $10 an hour.

The employees were entitled to receive normal hourly rates of more $22 an hour and up to $29.27 an hour for some weekend, public holiday and overtime shifts. Sarkaria made false entries into the head office payroll system about the number of hours the employees had worked. He also routinely made entries that the employees had worked only 10 hours a week, despite them working significantly more hours. The entries gave the appearance that the employees were paid about $25 an hour.

He also provided Fair Work inspectors investigating the underpayments with false time-and-wages sheets. T.

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