Scru­tiny on wage theft

The Cairns Post - - BUSINESS -

AL­MOST 40 per cent of busi­nesses caught break­ing work­place laws, in­clud­ing by un­der­pay­ing em­ploy­ees, were still do­ing it when re-au­dited by the Fair Work Om­buds­man.

The om­buds­man re-au­dited 479 busi­ness that had pre­vi­ously bro­ken laws.

Fair Work Om­buds­man San­dra Parker said 62 per cent of re-au­dited busi­nesses were now com­ply­ing with the law.

Of the busi­nesses that re­mained non-com­pli­ant, the agency re­cov­ered $244,246 from 98 em­ploy­ers for 347 work­ers. It is­sued 82 per cent with in­fringe­ment no­tices, com­pli­ance no­tices and for­mal cau­tions.

The Aus­tralian Coun­cil of Trade Unions said yes­ter­day the re­port “barely scratches the sur­face of wage theft”.

Unions high­lighted how one of the pros­e­cu­tions com­menced six years af­ter the agency first be­came aware of the em­ployer’s be­hav­iour, in 2012.

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