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The Australian Federal government is proposing to make *deliberate* wage theft a criminal offence and business lobby groups are LOSING THEIR MINDS.

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I am owed pay from my university. It's in the contract, and they just won't process it. I'll probably have to sue them.

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Speaking of 1865, I have run units here in CA since then and have always had minors. Many were also part of jobs credit class, and the counselor had to come out to see me. So I would try to tell the last kid I hired to tell the counselor to wait and come out once for four or five instead of one at a time.

Always had good relationships with them.

Not saying every single law was obeyed every time, over 40 years, but time cards were written in by employees so they knew they got paid.

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"Probably won't" True words.

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Scum

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The two different small businesses I once worked for both were big into wage theft. One, the owner would "forget" to transfer the payroll on a regular basis. The other was working for Mom's best friend's husband, who insisted on paying under the table and would just not bother to pay.

I went corporate retail after that. Yes, they screw with the employees, but I get paid on time. In 30 years the only 2 times there was a problem it was solved asap. Once, in the days of paper checks a massive storm stopped them from getting to the store on time. Worked with HR to figure out every paycheck and paid them from the registers. Once, corporate changed the direct deposit servers, which led to a slight delay. Instead of being paid at Midnight Friday I was paid around 1pm. Corporate will do everything legal to not pay you, but you will get paid

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I have a couple of personal observations to make here:

1) Anyone who blubbers about how hard the government is coming down on these Mezas can absolutely kiss my ass.

When I was little, my father was going through a great deal of stress related to some business thing. I was too young to understand at the time, and it's not like anyone was anxious to explain it to me in the first place. But years later I learned what had been going on.

My dad had inherited his father's restaurant, a diner/ice cream place on the West Side of Chicago that did a brisk lunch business from the nearby juvenile court complex. Or did, until he ran it into the ground. As much as I adored the man, he was no businessman.

Not only did he mismanage the restaurant, but he neglected to pay any of his employees' payroll taxes. That brought IRS agents to our door with threats of jail. My sister told me how my mother had to tearfully plead with them not to lock up her husband and leave her with three young children.

My point is that labor laws are nothing to fuck around with, especially if it involves Uncle Sam not getting his share. They will come after you for that, and it has nothing to do with regulatory overreach or the Deep State or any other overheated nonsense.

2) Subway is well-known as the pits among employers. They reportedly screw over their franchisees, many of whom pass the abuse along to their young employees.

My then-stepdaughter worked at one and said the owner had sexually harassed her and other girls. She was 15 at the time. She told him to fuck off and that was that. We never really liked each other, but that was one time I was glad for her attitude. Years later, that guy was arrested for, what else, molesting an underaged employee.

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Yep, stealing from workers doesn't count as ACTUAL theft no matter how large the sum. Why can't prosecutors charge this as Fraud??? They are clearly defrauding the employees.

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I don't agree with applying Trump's suggestion to wage theft, but I do wonder if it'd be effective.

“The word that they shoot you will get out within minutes and our nation, in one day, will be an entirely different place,” Trump added. “There must be retribution for theft and destruction and the ruination of our country.”

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I always check with the Subway employees to make sure that they're being treated fairly. I stopped going to the closest one, because it had been taken over by new management, which was obviously being run by their clueless teenage kids. The portion sizes of the sandwiches went way down, and when I asked some basic questions, got really evasive answers. This was in contrast to another shop, where the teenage employees let me know when I asked that the owner only owns the one shop, they are paid fairly, and they really do get all of the tips from the electronic source. That's the one I go to, even though it's further away.

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...wait until they discover thy were supposed to use real meat in their sandwiches

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" a lot of it is ..misclassifying workers as “independent contractors” when they are actually employees"

I'm still paying off back taxes accrued because of a deal like this. I wasn't making enough to live AND set aside 25% for the government, so instead I'm dealing with it now.

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What is it with Subways? Our local subways are also like this. Kids are working all hours in their shit shops, under surveillance. I asked the kid (my son's friend) if he got tips from the register and he seemed dumbfounded. There's a way to tip on the receipt???

Yeah, kid. I guess he's not getting any of it. Anyway fuck Subway.

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Petaluma? Napa? Concord? These are towns that are quite well off. It's not like they were doing this in Buttonwillow.

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"To be fair, they’ve only had since 1865 to figure that out."

This got a chortle out of me. :D

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“ Unfortunately for their former employees, the Mezas and Ayesh say they only have about $12,000 on hand between them, which is a far cry from the hundreds of thousands of dollars they owe. Hopefully, by selling the remaining restaurants, they can get it together.”

If only there was some sort of hundreds of thousands of dollars of a loan one applied for not even 3 years ago……

Maybe instead of spending every cent you earn on yourselves the moment it comes in, you save some for needed expenses like employee salaries?

I’m not exactly sad Subway appears to be going the way of Quiznos With stories like this. To quote John Oliver “it’s like if bread was a fart”

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