“If the employer is an individual, they may have to pay a personal penalty of up to $10,000
. If the employer is a company or other body corporate, they may have to pay a penalty of up to $20,000
. The employer may have to pay higher penalties for serious breaches of the law."
Ignore it, and it’ll bite you.
Compliance is also complex. It’s easy to make a mistake, misinterpret an award, or miss the latest amendment to some regulation or other. It’s even easier to get caught (it only takes a single employee reporting you to the Employment Relations Authority). And with Labor Inspectors hunting for workplaces and industries who breach minimum employment standards and workplace laws, and crackdowns on many industries, you can’t afford to see compliance as just ‘ticking a bunch of legal boxes’.
The penalties for non-compliance are severe and can be enough to break the back of many small or medium-sized businesses. Intentionally ignore compliance issues and you could fall under what’s called ‘personal liability’, where you could be held personally accountable for breaches, whether you’re the business owner, a director, manager or employee.