We have seen many front-page news stories about wage underpayments by Australian businesses over the last few years, with particular attention on vulnerable workers who have been exploited by their employers by not receiving the appropriate minimum wage, being required to “repay” their employer, and other poor practices including sub-standard record keeping.
This prevalence of significant underpayment concerns has led to the Victorian Parliament passing Australia’s first laws on wage theft, which from 1 July 2021, create a criminal offence for employers who dishonestly withhold or deduct any employment entitlement. Liability also extends to officers (such as directors, and management) who engage in such conduct. Wage theft is now also a criminal offence in Queensland.
Given these incoming changes to wage theft laws and the recent coverage of wage underpayments, on Thursday 10 June 2021 our Senior Associate Nikola Prestia and Associate Dean Armstrong will be running a FREE webinar updating employers on the current underpayment of wages and wage theft landscape.
This webinar will cover:
- Typical causes of wage underpayments
- How to identify wage underpayments
- Employer and officer obligations, including what to do if you uncover an underpayment and how to rectify the underpayment
- How to proactively prevent wage underpayments
- The current status of wage-theft laws across Australia
Our webinars are delivered free and online, we encourage questions from participants at any time during the webinar. We also run polls and questionnaires to keep you engaged and interacting.
- Event Details:
Delivery: Online via GoToWebinar Date: Thursday, 10 June 2021 Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm AEST Cost: Free
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