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

Part-timers will lose overtime rates but be able to take on more hours in a bid to fight underemployment and get more people into secure jobs.

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Attorney-General Christian Porter will also announce a free pay advice service for small businesses on Tuesday, with firms to be shielded from prosecution if the advice turns out to be wrong, to help employers take on staff without fear of underpayment claims.
Mr Porter said the new criminal offence was intended to capture the worst cases of dishonest and systematic underpayment, not accidental errors by businesses baffled by complex pay rules.
“The reason why this is so important is not just because…

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