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Fine of over $18,000 could flow from Right to Disconnect Law

Liberal Party of Australia

Fine of over $18,000 could flow from Right to Disconnect Law

The Albanese Government’s disastrous “right to disconnect” law could lead to fines of over $18,000.

The new “right to disconnect” law was tabled on Wednesday night as part of over 100 amendments to the Albanese Government’s latest radical industrial relations Bill.

The amendment was put forward by the Greens after they did a dodgy deal with the Government to pass the wider Bill if the Government supported the so-called “right to disconnect’.

The law says an employee may refuse to monitor, read or respond to contact, or attempted contact, from an employer outside of the employee’s working hours unless the refusal is unreasonable.

The law allows for an application to be made to the Fair Work Commission for a stop order to be put in place if either party believes the other is acting in contravention of the law.

“At the 11th hour we learn that fines of over $18,000 could flow from this law,’’ she said.

“This law just opens up another level of complexity for businesses at a time when they are doing it very tough,’’ Senator Cash said.

“In a country with five time zones during the summer months and in a globally competitive economy, it’s not clear how this will help increase productivity in the workplace,’’ she said.

“Western Australia will be hit particularly hard by the right to disconnect law because of the three-hour time difference over summer. The Prime Minister and this Government has complete contempt for Western Australia and the hard work of businesses and workers who contribute so much to the national economy,’’ Senator Cash said.

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