Throughout 2015, the Australian public has seen many companies come under fire for poor or unfair employment conditions, particularly regarding wages. Most notably, burger restaurant Grill’d faced public backlash after one employee was unfairly dismissed for bringing to light the outdated employment contract which did not meet the minimum legal requirements.
In September, inspectors from the Fair Work Ombudsman performed a raid on 7Eleven stores which were found to be coercing foreign employees to work outside of their visa conditions and, in some cases, working double the hours for half the pay.
If a business is found to be doing the wrong thing by the Fair Work Ombudsman they may face hefty fines, not only for the business, but also for directors, HR managers and/or Payroll managers found to have been aware of the situation.
However, possibly more damaging to profits is the negative brand image associate with unfair treatment of employees. With Grill’d, 7Eleven and even Myer in the spotlight this year due to illegal and unfair employment conditions, it is clear that these types of practices breed mistrust of the company in the general public and their customer base, which could cause lead to a loss of sales. Executive director of the Australian Payroll Association, Tracy Agwin spoke to SmartCompany recently, stating that these types of scandals are likely to negatively “affect the brand” in the long-term.
The legal requirements surrounding employment law and wages can often be confusing for many business owners, especially small businesses. However, it is important to get it right for the benefit of your employees, your business and your brand image.
Employment Law is a complex and ever-changing legal area. Whether it is due to time restraints or you are simply getting lost in the legal jargon and need assistance to ensure your business is meeting all legal requirements, Le Brun & Associates is here to help. With four offices throughout Melbourne, our lawyers are knowledgeable, experienced and flexible to suit your needs.
We understand that your business is your livelihood, and will work with you to ensure your business runs smoothly. We offer a wide range of services and can assist and advise you regarding employment contracts as well as other business matters, including leases, franchise agreements and purchasing a business.
At Le Brun & Associates, we are specialists in assisting employees who feel they have been unfairly dismissed or underpaid. We are sensitive to your needs and you can feel confident in our ability to secure the best outcome for your situation. Read more about Employment Law here.