The NSW government is introducing new laws to try and crack down on employers who illegally pay workers below the minimum wage.
In January, the NSW government introduced laws to create a new labour law to apply to companies that illegally pay under the federal minimum wage and for employers to be liable for unpaid wages.
Under the NSW Labor Law, which came into force on 1 January, employers who pay under a federal minimum are responsible for paying all employees and employees of other employers above the minimum.
The law also sets out the duties and responsibilities of employers and employees and requires the NSW Government to monitor compliance.
A spokesperson for NSW Labor Minister David Seymour said the Labor Government was currently reviewing the laws.
“We want to ensure employers do not breach the law when it comes to paying employees, and we will be closely monitoring compliance,” the spokesperson said.
The new laws are not the first time the government has introduced laws targeting employers who allegedly pay workers illegally.
In 2014, the government introduced new legislation to make it illegal for an employer to knowingly hire or promote a person for less than the minimum amount of money.
“The NSW Government will continue to monitor and ensure compliance with the law, as well as the Fair Work Ombudsman’s investigations,” the NSW Labour spokesperson said in a statement at the time.