Employment Law Update
Employment Presentation: Getting Awards Right
29 July 2019
Whether it is called wage theft, exploitation or simply underpayment, an employer not paying its employees in accordance with the minimum provisions set by a modern award can quickly lead to rack and ruin.
The latest in a long line of employers, George Calombaris’ Made Establishment company has been required to repay $7.8m of underpayments and a $200,000 contrition payment. As a result, George Calombaris has been exposed to a sustained media attack on his personal reputation.
Added to the Fair Work Ombudsman’s focus on underpayments, the Coalition has also committed to criminalise wage theft.
At our presentation we outlined:
- what you need to know about modern awards to ensure compliance;
- the latest on ‘wage theft’ and the positions taken by unions, the Ombudsman and the government;
- the penalties for non-compliance (noting these can extend to individuals, advisors to a company etc. under the accessorial liability provisions);
- steps to avoid prosecutions; and
- tips for managing an underpayment issue.
If you missed it, this presentation was held on 22 August 2019 at our office at Level 2, 77 Hunter Street, Newcastle.
We had a number of those involved in HR, payroll and executives with oversight of employees and payroll in attendance.
You can download a copy of the presentation here.