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Calls for wage theft to be criminalised following Calombaris underpayments

There are renewed calls for the federal government to introduce criminal sanctions for wage theft, following the revelation that celebrity chef George Calombaris underpaid hundreds of workers almost $8 million. The latest underpayments scandal follows another last year, when Calombaris…

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Claims by business groups that wage theft is ‘innocent’ are nonsense

Business lobby groups that continually claim that wage theft is not deliberate, but rather the result of 'innocent' mistakes made by employers are nonsense, according to industrial relations experts. "We constantly hear from business groups that wage theft shouldn't even…

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Fair Work promises more enforcement but Aussie workers still low priority

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker has promised a stronger approach to enforcement against businesses that commit wage theft, but the regulator will still give priority to vulnerable groups like overseas workers instead of Australian nationals. The announcement of a stronger…

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