1.5 CPD Units in Professional Skills
Presenters: Rick Manuel, Flinders Chambers
Katherine Eaton, Flinders Chambers
Kirsty Stewart, Howard Zelling Chambers
Chair: Ian Colgrave, Howard Zelling Chambers
Wage theft is used to describe where employers intentionally underpay employees in breach of an award or minimum standards in the Fair Work Act 2009. Such action is becoming increasingly common, and so it is essential that practitioners understand the complexities of such claims. Practitioners need to be aware of the identification of the appropriate court, calculation of the underpayment, and the imposition of penalties.
Further, practitioners need to understand the concept of an individual being involved in a contravention, even though they may not be the employer. This has a potential impact for directors, managers, human resource managers and other persons involved in the contravention. While an employer may be penalised, it is also possible for the person involved in a contravention to be penalised. Penalties tend to be significant, with a single breach for an employer attracting a maximum penalty of $63,000.
Member Admitted more than 3 years: $110
Member admitted less than 3 years: $85
Non member: $160