As of July 2021, Victoria became the first state in Australia to pass laws establishing criminal penalties (including terms of imprisonment) for employers and individuals who are found to have deliberately underpaid their workers or dishonestly withheld wages, superannuation or other employee entitlements. This follows wage theft provisions included within the Criminal Code in Queensland, which came into effect last year. While other states within Australia are looking at implementing similar wage theft legislation.
In this session partner Stephen Hardy, is joined by Marcus Zeltzer, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Yellow Canary, to consider:
- Compliance obligations under industrial instruments, superannuation, payroll tax, long service leave and new wage theft legislation and potential consequences for failing to comply with these obligations
- Practical review / reconciliation models / tools which can be deployed to assess and achieve immediate compliance with obligations
- Strategies to address any identified non-compliances
- Developing and implementing an ongoing compliance review regime and culture within the workplace.