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Franchisors could face penalties in new wage-theft laws

Franchisors will need to tighten controls and ensure they have clear employment guidelines and processes in place to guard against the underpayment of staff.  The exploitation of students on working visas and Australians, usually employed as casuals, has prompted the federal government to draft legislation that could make franchisors liable for heavy fines and imprisonment if franchisees don’t comply with workplace laws. Corporate retailers could also be prosecuted for serious breaches of