Work­place laws take ef­fect

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

FAIR Work Om­buds­man Natalie James has wel­comed laws pro­tect­ing vul­ner­a­ble work­ers com­ing into ef­fect on Fri­day.

The Fair Work Amend­ment (Pro­tect­ing Vul­ner­a­ble Work­ers) Act 2017 means higher penal­ties for se­ri­ous con­tra­ven­tions of work­place laws and record­keep­ing breaches.

The Act in­cludes a range of mea­sures such as an in­crease in the max­i­mum penal­ties for em­ploy­ers who de­lib­er­ately flout the min­i­mum wage and other en­ti­tle­ments un­der the Fair Work Act 2009.

Ms James said em­ploy­ers also needed to make sure they were meet­ing pay slip and record-keep­ing obli­ga­tions.

“Busi­nesses that don’t keep the right records, don’t give proper pay slips, or who make false or mis­lead­ing records and payslips can face higher penal­ties,” she said.

Em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees seek­ing as­sis­tance can also con­tact the Fair Work on 13 13 94.

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