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Failure to comply: endemic underpayment

Inside Retail - Dec 14, 2019

Australia’s largest retailers have led the list of retailers caught up in recent backpay fiascos – to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.

There are now almost daily reports from Fair Work Ombudsman about a retailer’s failure to comply with industry award regulations. But is the issue a case of retailers purposely underpaying staff? Or is the recurrent issue, emblematic of companies failing to correctly interpret and accurately determine standard award rates, from increasingly complex regulations?

‘I don’t think it should be anyone’s focus’: Australian startup plays down unicorn hype

Brisbane Times - Dec 06, 2019

It’s been a rapid rise for Ahmed who started Deputy with his then-boss, Steve Shelley, 11 years ago after identifying an opportunity when working for Shelley’s business Aerocare managing tasks such as sick leave and salaries.

‘I don’t think it should be anyone’s focus’: Australian startup plays down unicorn hype

WA Today - Dec 06, 2019

Workforce management startup Deputy has doubled in size since raising $111 million in funding last year but its founders are trying to ignore the hype of predictions it will be Australia’s next tech unicorn.

“Being a unicorn, I don’t think it should be anyone’s focus, it’s just an outcome of what happens,” co-founder and chief executive Ashik Ahmed says. “Do people’s lives get any better by being a unicorn?”.

Australian startup plays down unicorn hype

The Age - Dec 06, 2019

The speculation stems from Deputy’s listing by CB Insights in February as one of 50 private companies around the world on a path to a $US1 billion ($1.4 billion) valuation alongside Airwallex which was subsequently valued at $US1 billion in March.

‘I don’t think it should be anyone’s focus’: Australian startup plays down unicorn hype

Sydney Morning Herald - Dec 06, 2019

Workforce management startup Deputy has doubled in size since raising $111 million in funding last year but its founders are trying to ignore the hype of predictions it will be Australia’s next tech unicorn.

“Being a unicorn, I don’t think it should be anyone’s focus, it’s just an outcome of what happens,” co-founder and chief executive Ashik Ahmed says. “Do people’s lives get any better by being a unicorn?”.

The co-founder of Aussie workforce management startup Deputy, which has been called a ‘unicorn contender’, says that label shouldn’t be anyone’s focus

Business Insider - Dec 06, 2019

Workforce management startup Deputy has doubled in size since raising $111 million in funding last year but its founders are trying to ignore the hype of predictions it will be Australia’s next tech unicorn.

Restaurant wages and the wash-up

Good Food - Nov 28, 2019

Is there a way to pay all hospitality staff properly and still have an industry able to turn a profit? Yes, but we are likely to have to pay for it.

It’s been the biggest and most persistent story in food all year. Prominent chefs and restaurateurs keep hitting the news, not for foam 3.0 or vegan ham, but because they’re accused of underpaying employees.

Federal Fair Workweek Legislation Remains Elusive

Workforce - Nov 21, 2019

Unpredictable scheduling often causes headaches in shift workers’ personal lives as well as their paychecks.

San Francisco And NYC Begin To See The Ugly Side Of ‘Fair Workweek’ Laws

Forbes - Nov 17, 2019

San Francisco and NYC retail and restaurant sectors are beginning to see the ugly side of socialism: store closures and layoffs, as their owners cannot keep up with local government mandates that raise the costs of their businesses.

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