Government considers broadening scope of wage theft penalties


In a discussion paper on Labor’s second wave of workplace policy changes, the department of Employment and Workplace Relations says it is “open to reviewing options to extend the bar to proving ancillary liability of officers of bodies corporate for the wage underpayments offence.” It says, “officers of bodies corporate may be held liable for an offence by the body corporate unless they can demonstrate they exercised due diligence to prevent the offence.”

This means that directors, executives, and human resource managers may be personally liable for not doing enough to prevent wage underpayments, unless they can demonstrate they exercised due diligence to prevent the offence.

To support governance of the process and ensure that employee wage obligations are met and brand reputation is protected, it may be helpful to audit the process. In the past, this has been a manual and costly process undertaken post-event, which may be too late for some organisations.

WageSafe is solving for this manual, retrospective, costly process allowing owners, managers, payroll, and HR teams to audit and understand issues in real time. Helping prevent wage underpayments from happening and allow organisations to demonstrate due diligence.

Apr 21, 2023

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