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Victorian wage theft laws came into effect from 1 July 2021- they could apply in NSW and ACT

07/07/2021

Victorian wage theft laws came into effect from 1 July 2021- they could apply in NSW and ACT

On 1 July 2021, the Wage Theft Act 2020 (Vic) (“Act”) came into effect. The Act makes it a crime for an employer to deliberately underpay employees, to dishonestly withhold employee entitlements or to fail to keep proper records of employee entitlements in order to gain a financial advantage. These crimes are punishable by a fine of up to $198,264 or 10 years jail for individuals, and a fine of up to $991,320 for companies.