Fine for underpaying medical centre staff
17 February 2014
The former owner-operator of medical centres in Perth and Sydney has been
fined $22,176 over the underpayment of nine employees.
Sydney man Tufiq Shah operated more than a dozen medical centres through his
company General Practice Support Services before the company was placed under
administration last year.
The penalty, handed down in the Federal Circuit Court in Sydney, is the
result of legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Justice Kenneth Raphael ordered that the penalty be paid to the underpaid
employees to partially rectify the underpayments.
Nine employees of Shah's company at two centres in Perth and one in Sydney
were underpaid a total of $70,973 in wages, leave and superannuation
The majority of the underpayments relate to the Mends Street Medical Centre,
in South Perth, where six employees, a practice manager, receptionist, two
nurses and two General Practitioners were underpaid $57,983.
A practice manager at the Seville Drive Medical Centre at Armadale was also
Two employees, a manager and a manager/receptionist, at the Rosebery Medical
& Dental Centre at Alexandria, in Sydney, were underpaid a total of
The underpayments were primarily the result of Shah's company ceasing
payments to employees in the weeks before it stopped operating the centres. It
had also failed to pay superannuation entitlements prior to that.
Fair Work inspectors discovered the underpayments when they investigated
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James Fair Work said the non-payment of
fundamental entitlements was a significant factor in the decision to pursue
"The Court's decision sends a clear message that underpayment of employee
entitlements is a serious matter," she said.
Employers and employees seeking assistance can
visit www.fairwork.gov.au or contact
the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service
is available by calling 13 14 50.
Ryan Pedler, Assistant Media Director
0411 430 902
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