Illegal payments under the microscope.


The Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill was last week passed in Parliament. If and when the bill is passed into law, it will make it illegal for organisations to make a number of different payments to trade unions. The purpose of the bill is to create black and white around the illegalities of corrupting payments made by businesses in the hope of gaining “favourable treatment” from trade unions during bargaining and negotiations. At the same time, the bill will also look to promote full disclosure around legitimate payments between the two parties.

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