New franchise laws nearing vote as Labor wins protections

The Federal Labor Party successfully negotiated with the Nick Xenophon Team to reverse the onus of proof so that employers will be forced to show they pay staff correctly if they do not keep wage records and are accused of underpayments.

Reported in the Financial Review, 5 September 2017, page 8

Our Comment: With recent adverse publicity regarding the underpayment of employees by franchisees, it is important that franchisees ensure employee entitlements are correctly paid and recorded as the new laws will require them to prove that they have complied with their wage obligations.

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