On July 15 the Queensland Government proposed legislation that criminalises wage theft with a maximum of 10 years in prison for ‘stealing’ and a maximum of 14 years in jail for an offence of fraud.
We at Chamber have major concerns about the implications of this for employers and potential employers, when hiring someone on the wrong award could lead to a prison sentence. This is especially concerning when we are trying to build business confidence, our economy, and increase employment.
A report by NAB recently found that small businesses already spend up to 18.4 hours understanding awards and pay rates, tax, super, occupational health and safety and record-keeping obligations. This is about 5 times the amount of time businesses over 200 employees spend.
The bill will also introduce a process to be used in the case of small claims of up to $20,000 and will create a civil claims process for wage recovery through the Industrial Magistrates Court.
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To read the NAB report click HERE