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How to avoid an underpayment fiasco

In recent months, there has been substantial media coverage of widespread underpayments to employees, including in the retail sector. Often, the cause of these issues is a misunderstanding and/or misapplication of modern awards.   Understanding modern awards is crucial to complying with the Fair Work Act, as these instruments provide employees with key employment conditions, including minimum wages, penalty rates and even prescriptive rostering methods. However, the continuing complexi