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[Podcast] Employee underpayments – Employee Rights/ Labour Relations


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The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has recently released its
strategic priorities for the 2022-23 period, with fast food,
restaurants/cafes, and agriculture key industries of focus. Added
to the list is the universities sector, with the FWO concerned
about allegations of long-running underpayments in many
universities, citing management oversight, decentralised HR
functions and lack of investment in payroll and time-recording
systems as the trending causes of non-compliance.

With possible increased funding from the new Labor government,
we may also see higher levels of enforcement, making employee
underpayments (intentional or accidental) something employers
should be concerned about.

In this podcast, we discuss the civil penalty provisions for
corporations and directors for contraventions under the Fair Work
Act, the functions of the Fair Work Ombudsman, and how employers
may come under their radar. We also discuss where we see the vast
majority of underpayments in respect of breaches of modern awards
and the National Employment Standards, and key areas for employers
to look at.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly has been replaced by a new
segment; “Would You Tweet This?”, challenging the team to
come up with the most ‘tweet worthy’ of topical employment
law news. Our movie review returns with this episode featuring
“The Firm”, starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn and
Gene Hackman.

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