Fels Backs A.I. Wage-Theft Detector

The Age, Sydney 27/12/19:  Former ACCC chairman Allan Fels has backed union calls to use artificial intelligence and data matching to detect wage theft, saying technology should be a key weapon in tackling the “systemic” problem of underpayment. 

“The problems of underpayment are systemic and not readily resolvable just by strong law enforcement – even though that’s vital,” said Fels. 

The Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter , who is consulting unions and business leaders on the detail of his wage theft bill – including what penalty should apply if employers fail to prevent accidental underpayment – said the draft legislation should be released “early in the new year”.  Read more here.