Underpaying workers has become rampant in Australia.
Immigration has featured as an issue in every Australian election since 2001. But the numbers often tell a different story from the political posturing.
As many as half of all temporary migrant workers are being underpaid. After a two-year inquiry, the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce has provided a blueprint to do something about it.
Hundreds of court cases show that companies are using features of timekeeping software to shortchange workers, a few minutes at a time.
The court narrowly ruled that employees who sign arbitration agreements can't bring class action suits over unpaid wages.
Wage theft and exploitation are rampant in certain industries. Certifying those that commit to fair work conditions could be key to fixing the problem.