This is a small business article that’s examining the effect of poor record keeping by businesses in relation to fair work claims by an employee. The article states that a worker in today’s workforce is paying the consequences in a low penalty reward amount when seeking a fair work claim against their employer for failing to pay them for the actual amount they have worked. Because the employer is not keeping accurate employee time clock records when the employees claim is under review there is an insufficient amount of information to allow for a proper and just claim.
- The lack of penalties for employers who break record keeping laws is causing employee wage abuse.
- Employers are not properly keeping track of their employees earned wages and cutting them short.
- Unless workers keep their own logs of their hours worked, it will be hard for them to win court battles against employers.
“In this case, the court awarded 75 per cent of the maximum penalties available against the company for record-keeping contraventions, totalling $13,005. But, despite there being clear signs that some 60 casual and mostly 417 visa workers had been underpaid, a lack of evidence meant we were unable to establish the quantum of the underpayments.”