Feb 2019 | New wage theft laws could land dodgy bosses in jail

Date: 14 Feb 2019

Source: The Courier Mail

WAGE theft will soon be a crime in Queensland with the Palaszczuk Government to bring in a new offence that could land employers caught deliberately ripping off their staff in jail.

The Government will table its response to the parliamentary wage theft inquiry today (correct, Friday) and The Courier-Mail can reveal it has accepted all 17 recommendations including a new wage theft offence.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace will also push for a similar offence to be brought in federally to ensure all employees are protected.

“In its report, the committee made 17 recommendations aimed at eliminating wage theft and ensuring workers get a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and the government has accepted, or accepted in principle, all of the recommendations,” Ms Grace said.