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Workforce Guardian HR solutions  can help you reduce the risks of expensive, damaging employee claims and substantial fines or penalties for breaches to Australian workplace laws if used correctly.

Penalties for breaching employment laws such as Fair Work Act

Employers risk penalties of up to $54,000 for each breach of the Fair Work Act 2009.

Most businesses - including small businesses - are now covered by the national Fair Work system created by the Fair Work Act 2009.

Fair Work Inspectors appointed by the Fair Work Ombudsman have the power to enter a workplace at any time during working hours to inspect records and ensure compliance. Fair Work Inspectors may issue on the spot infringement notices. They can also recommend taking matters to court.

Read more about fines and penalties: Fair Work Act 2009 | Recent Prosecutions

Personal penalties for accessorial liability under Section 550 of the Fair Work Act

HR managers, accountants, bookkeepers and business advisors may be liable as an accessory if their employer breaches the Fair Work Act.

Accessorial liability issues for individuals often arise in relation to breaches of the National Employment Standards (NES), sham contracting, underpayments, adverse action and discrimination. 

Even relatively minor actions can result in a person being held accessorily liable for breaches of the Fair Work Act. For example, a failure to give written notice of dismissal before dismissing a person from their employment would contravene the Fair Work Act. The employer and any person involved in the contravention could then face proceedings.

Read more about the risk of personal fines | Recent Prosecutions

Penalties for breaching workplace health & safety laws

Employers risk penalties of up to $3,000,000 and imprisonment for breaches of Australian Workplace Health and Safety laws.

Australia's laws impose a legal obligation upon employers regarding how they manage workplace health and safety-related matters. 

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Penalties for employing illegal workers

Employers risk penalties of up to $250,000 and/or five years imprisonment for employing illegal workers.

It is the responsibility of all Australian businesses to employ legal workers.

Employers are expected to take a reasonable number of steps to make sure they are not empl​oying, referring or contracting illegal workers.

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Penalties for breaching other workplace laws

Employers must also comply with all national employment laws such as:

  • Sex Discrimination Act 1984
  • Racial Discrimination Act 1975
  • Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999

As well as numerous Acts in each State  and territory where they operate. Such as those which protect people from discrimination.

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