Rogue employers will now be forced to prove they pay their staff correctly if they are investigated for underpayments
The Turnbull Government’s legislation to ‘protect vulnerable workers’ has now passed the Senate.
The new law means there will be a higher scale of penalties (up to 10 times the current amount) for a new category of ‘serious contraventions’ of prescribed workplace laws.
The Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash said that the Government’s Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 “builds on the Coalition Government’s record of protecting workers from unscrupulous employers”.
“The Coalition Government has taken a strong approach to tackling allegations of fraud and exploitation in Australian workplaces,” said Cash.
“Our Bill not only supports vulnerable workers, but also ensures businesses are operating on a level playing field.”
Moreover, the legislation strengthens protections, including: