Bosses who rip off employees will go to jail as Queensland passes legal guidelines

The laws was handed with out opposition, nonetheless the LNP was involved the legal guidelines would “undermine the federal industrial relations system”.

Employment teams warned the legal guidelines had been advanced and a few had been against the introduction of prison sanctions.

The Morrison authorities has been engaged on its own plan to make wage theft a prison offence at a federal stage.

Queensland Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace mentioned wage theft affected one in 4 Queensland employees, and took greater than $2 billion out their pockets annually in unpaid wages and superannuation.

“Far too usually and for much too lengthy, the tales of wage theft and underpayment have continued unabated,” Ms Grace mentioned in Parliament.

“Twenty million at Coles, $9 million at Goal, $four million at Bunnings, as much as $300 million at Woolworths, $32 million at Tremendous Retail Group, over $100 million at 7-Eleven, $7.eight million courtesy of George Calombaris – and these are simply the high-profile instances.”

Sunshine Coast barista Tara Small gave proof to the parliamentary inquiry final month about being ripped off by two separate employers.

“I used to be informed beginning out that I needed to work without spending a dime, that I used to be not going to receives a commission till I proved myself throughout the business. This isn’t proper. I labored hours,” the 18-year-old informed the inquiry.

“I labored 12- to 14-hour days for days on finish at occasions with out getting paid. Though I used to be getting paid on the finish of my time with that firm after I lastly gave up, to this present day I’m nonetheless owed round $200.

“As an adolescent within the hospitality business, I didn’t know the place I might flip to. I didn’t know what I might do.”

Ms Small mentioned she began one other job at a small cafe about the identical time.

“I used to be being underpaid there by $5 an hour, with no vacation pay and no weekend pay,” she mentioned.

“I nonetheless haven’t been paid tremendous from that employer, both.”

Ms Grace mentioned the reforms would additionally make it “simpler and faster” to recoup unpaid wages.

“These new legal guidelines recognise that the present framework isn’t doing the job – one thing wants to alter to cease rampant wage theft,” she mentioned.

“Stronger penalty and deterrence measures are wanted for individuals who commit wage theft, notably the place it’s deliberate and systematic and a part of an employer’s enterprise mannequin.”

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