“Wage theft” has become the focus of attention of both state and federal governments over the past few years. With the passing of the Wage Theft Act in late June 2020, Victoria is the first jurisdiction to legislate for the offence of wage theft. It is currently due to commence operation on 1 July 2021.
This seminar will look at the current enforcement mechanisms under the Fair Work Act 2009 (C’th), with a particular focus on the serious contravention provisions introduced by the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act (C’th) 2017, the proposed operation of the Victorian Wage Theft Act and issues that may arise by reason of the operation of the two regimes. A challenge to constitutional validity of the Victorian Wage Theft Act is almost inevitable, but what should industrial lawyers be advising their clients in the meantime?
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