Workplace laws take effect
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.