“Wage theft” is a polarising topic that has entered the popular discourse. On the one hand, unions vehemently defend their members’ right to be paid according to award minimums – they claim that in some industries it’s part of the business model, and it must be stopped. On the other hand, business groups claim that awards are complex and that where underpayments occur it is more often than not because of inadvertent, innocent mistake.
This seminar will explore how we have got here, canvas the upcoming changes being brought in by the Closing Loopholes Act, and set out some practical, proactive steps to improve governance frameworks, and ensure wage compliance in this ever tightening industrial compliance and enforcement landscape.
Our team will cover:
- The difference between wage theft and other underpayments
- “Safe Harbour” from wage theft prosecution for making self-disclosures to the Fair Work Ombudsman
- What a wage compliance investigation looks like, including discussing legal professional privilege, and developing legal interpretations of awards and enterprise agreements
- Set out the “3 Pillars” of wage compliance good governance
This session will be relevant for in house legal counsel, risk and compliance officers, and executive board members.
This webinar is open to all organisations, excluding other legal service providers.