Employers unaware of legal obligations

by 14 Apr 2009

Forty-seven per cent of employers are not aware of their obligations to notify Centrelink if they plan to make 15 or more employees redundant.

In a report released by employment law firm Deacons, a signifi cant number of respondents to the Workplace Pulse survey had al ready made job cuts in the past six months. However, an alarming 47 per cent were not aware of their obligations to notify Centrelink if they planned to do this from 1 July onwards.

Deacons partner Sarah Ralph noted that currently, under the cur rent Workplace Relations Act, notification requirement is not deemed as a civil remedy or offence provision. However the new Fair Work Bill makes failure to notify Centrelink a civil penalty provision, with the maximum penalty of $3300.

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