Entries by Peter Maguire

New bill set to raise Fair Work penalties by 900%

The federal government recently presented the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 to parliament and it is expected to pass into legislation with bipartisan support. This bill has far reaching consequences with the proposed changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 including: Introducing a higher scale of penalties for ‘serious contraventions’ of prescribed […]

Myths in employing young people a target in 2017

In a recent media release, the Fair Work Ombudsman, Ms Natalie James, announced a 2017 campaign to address widespread underpayment of young workers across Australia. Here is part of what she had to say including commentary on 10 myths that the Fair Work Ombudsman’s officers commonly come across. Ms James says that in 2017 her […]