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Employer evasion of worker entitlements 1986-95 : what and whose?

Goodwin, Miles & Maconachie, Glenda (2005) Employer evasion of worker entitlements 1986-95 : what and whose? In Baird, M, Cooper, R, & Westcott, M (Eds.) Proceedings of the 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, AIRAANZ, Sydney, New South Wales, pp. 239-246.

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    Abstract

    Employer non-compliance with workers’ entitlements is an area seldom explored in Australian industrial relations, generally considered uncommon or the province of ‘rogue’ employers. This paper provides a picture of the categories of entitlements against which complaints of evasion were made in the federal industrial relations jurisdiction in Australia, between 1986 and 1995 and the characteristics of complainants. The “top 30” awards ranked by extent of underpayment recovered by the federal enforcement agency (1987-95) are also explored to support arguments that intense competition, reduced union density, precarious employment, youth and being female are strongly associated with employer evasion. The increasing prevalence of these factors in the labour market suggests that employer compliance should be more carefully explored in the Australian context.

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    ID Code: 24886
    Item Type: Conference Paper
    Keywords: Industrial Relations, Non-Compliance
    ISBN: 1864877014
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
    Current > Schools > School of Management
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Please consult the authors.
    Deposited On: 18 Jun 2009 00:47
    Last Modified: 02 Oct 2012 10:00

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