Wage theft has been a hot topic in Australia with companies such as Woolworths, the ABC and Qantas in the firing line and up for millions of dollars in back payments following investigations into payroll systems.
While these larger businesses tend to be highlighted in the media, smaller companies are also being found guilty of what is increasingly being referred to as wage theft.
A Victorian plumber was fined $150,000 this month by the Federal Circuit Court for underpaying an apprentice and the Fair Work Ombudsman also fined a former Crust Pizza franchisee in Victoria over $35,000 for wage theft in November as well.
Following the large number of businesses being found guilty of underpayments, the Senate voted this month to establish an inquiry into wage theft in Australia, examining whether new laws are required to ensure businesses are paying employees correctly.
Chairman of the new wage theft inquiry, Labor Senator Alex Gallacher, said a Parliamentary Committee will demand answers from companies found to have underpaid their employees.
Senator Gallacher said Single Touch Payroll software would be important to investigations in the inquiry as employers have in the past blamed complexity in their systems for failing to pay proper entitlements.
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The MTA is planning a number of courses in 2020 covering payroll issues that you may encounter such as understanding complex award rates, enterprise agreements or payroll systems.
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