THE FAIR WORK AMENDMENT (PROTECTING VULNERABLE WORKERS) ACT 2017
1st November 2017
Practice Managers and GPs are reminded the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 came into effect last month. The new law means there are harsher penalties for serious breaches of employment entitlements and record keeping failures.
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Under the changes if an employer fails to keep records and an employee claims they have been underpaid, the employer must also prove they did in fact meet their obligations and paid the employee correctly.
The changes have not significantly affected the obligations of employers, but the increased penalties and regulatory powers means that it is more important than ever to ensure correct pay and record-keeping practices.
It is vital that employers keep accurate records for at least seven years (including details of the employee’s name, commencement date, employment status, pay, hours worked, leave, superannuation contributions) and pay slips must be provided to employees within one working day of payment. If you are unsure about your record-keeping, pay slip or other obligations, contact the Employsure Advice team on 1300 651 415.