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Fair Work Introduces Higher Penalties for Vulnerable Workers

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Fair Work Introduces Higher Penalties for Vulnerable Workers

The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 is now in effect.

The vulnerable workers Bill, which the Senate passed earlier this month, boosts protections for vulnerable workers by prohibiting employers from unreasonably requiring employees to make 'cash-back' payments.

It also increases penalties by up to 10 times for any employer found guilty of a new category of "serious contraventions" of workplace laws, applying to breaches of the National Employment Standards, modern awards, enterprise agreements and more.

New obligations that extend liability for breaches in franchise and subsidiary networks to head offices will come into effect on 27 October.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has published information and resources to help organisations and employees understand their obligations.

Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017

From a post by HR Daily

Blayne Webb, Director, Barringtons

 

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