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Industrial relations

Why more companies are coming forward to admit underpaying staff
2 weeks ago

Why more companies are coming forward to admit underpaying staff

One of the unwritten rules in any workplace is not to compare salaries.

It can create team disharmony, jealousy and a nightmare for bosses.

But it turns out that bit …
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Change the rules? It’s about time
1 month ago

Change the rules? It’s about time

So, Wesfarmers has underpaid its employees by some $15 million. It is now very obvious the workplace relations system is too complicated.

At a recent CEDA event Attorney-General Christian Porter, …
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Unfair Dismissal Law Changes Proposed
2 months ago

Unfair Dismissal Law Changes Proposed

The Federal Governments IR Review is considering proposals to implement penalties onto employees that bring unfair dismissal cases and then fail to actively pursue them, in an effort to address …
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United Petroleum faces court over underpayment investigation
2 months ago

United Petroleum faces court over underpayment investigation

United Petroleum has been accused of frustrating an investigation into whether the petrol giant is liable for underpayments in its franchise network by refusing to hand over records.

The Fair …
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Wage theft: Coalition says tough new penalties won’t apply for ‘genuine mistakes’
2 months ago

Wage theft: Coalition says tough new penalties won’t apply for ‘genuine mistakes’

Tough new penalties for wage theft will be reserved for the most serious breaches to prevent employers being criminalised for “genuine mistakes”, Christian Porter has said.

On Thursday, the attorney …
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Westside Petroleum admits to underpaying staff tens of thousands of dollars as court hearing nears
3 months ago

Westside Petroleum admits to underpaying staff tens of thousands of dollars as court hearing nears

A PETROL company operating three service stations in the Riverina has admitted to underpaying employees thousands of dollars as the firm prepares to learn its fate in court.

In a …
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Exploitation of employees to result in criminal charges under coming changes
4 months ago

Exploitation of employees to result in criminal charges under coming changes

The Morrison Government has confirmed that it is drafting changes to the law that will see the “criminalisation of worker exploitation”, as confirmed by the Prime Minister in question time …
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Wage theft or honest mistake? Small business hits back
4 months ago

Wage theft or honest mistake? Small business hits back

Small business owners fear the Morrison government’s plan to criminalise wage theft may unfairly target those who make “honest mistakes” and are demanding changes to the award system to make …
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FWO launches 2019-20 priorities
5 months ago

FWO launches 2019-20 priorities

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker today announced the regulator’s priorities for the year ahead, which will direct the agency’s compliance work and enforcement outcomes.

In an address to the 2019 …
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New workplace laws to affect franchise arrangements
2 years ago

New workplace laws to affect franchise arrangements

In March of this year, the Australian Government introduced draft legislation into the Australian Parliament that was intended to address recent widespread wage underpayment issues observed in several industries – …
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