Wage theft is when employees are not paid the correct wages, entitlements, or superannuation by their employers. The Victorian Government has introduced legislation to combat this concern.
The Wage Theft Act makes it a criminal offence for employers to deliberately underpay their workers, fail to pay superannuation, or falsify employment records. Employers found guilty of wage theft could face substantial fines and even imprisonment.
To enforce these laws and protect workers’ rights, the government established the Wage Inspectorate. This dedicated agency is responsible for investigating and prosecuting cases of wage theft, as well as providing support and information to both employees and employers about their rights and obligations under the law.
The Wage Inspectorate has the authority to conduct audits, issue compliance notices, and take legal action against employers who engage in wage theft practices. It serves as a vital resource for workers who believe they are victims of wage theft and need assistance in recovering their rightful entitlements.
If you believe you have been a victim of wage theft, it is essential to seek advice from an employment lawyer or report the matter to the Wage Inspectorate for investigation and potential legal action.
Our experienced Geelong employment lawyers can help you understand your rights and options and assist in pursuing your rightful entitlements.
Geelong Legal can also advise businesses about their obligations under the Wage Theft Act and ensure compliance with other relevant state and federal employment laws.