09/12/2020

Big penalties for wage theft and ‘part-time flex’ work in major industrial shake-up

Politics Federal Industrial relations

Big penalties for wage theft and
‘part-time flex’ work in major
industrial shake-up
By Nick Bonyhady
December 7, 2020 — 10.30pm

Save

103

Share

A

A

A

View all comments

Part-timers in food and retail jobs will lose overtime payments when they take on
extra hours as part of a government plan that will also criminalise wage theft but
shield small businesses that get bad employment advice.
The new "part-time flexi" role to be announced on Tuesday creates a new category
of employment for tens of thousands of businesses in the food, accommodation
and retail sectors as part of an industrial relations overhaul that aims to fight
unemployment and increase job security to be put to Parliament this week.

Attorney-General Christian Porter is unveiling an overhaul of Australia’s industrial laws. ALEX
ELLINGHAUSEN

The most serious cases of wage theft, such as the scandals revealed at 7-Eleven
franchisees in 2015, will trigger criminal penalties of up to four years in jail and
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/big-penalties-for-wage-theft-and-part-time-flex-work-in-major-industrial-shake-up-20201207-p56las.html

1/6

Select target paragraph3