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FAIR WORK ACT 2009 - SECT 557

Course of conduct

             (1)  For the purposes of this Part, 2 or more contraventions of a civil remedy provision referred to in subsection (2) are, subject to subsection (3), taken to constitute a single contravention if:

                     (a)  the contraventions are committed by the same person; and

                     (b)  the contraventions arose out of a course of conduct by the person.

             (2)  The civil remedy provisions are the following:

                     (a)  subsection 44(1) (which deals with contraventions of the National Employment Standards);

                     (b)  section 45 (which deals with contraventions of modern awards);

                     (c)  section 50 (which deals with contraventions of enterprise agreements);

                     (d)  section 280 (which deals with contraventions of workplace determinations);

                     (e)  section 293 (which deals with contraventions of national minimum wage orders);

                      (f)  section 305 (which deals with contraventions of equal remuneration orders);

                     (g)  subsection 323(1) (which deals with methods and frequency of payment);

                     (h)  subsection 323(3) (which deals with methods of payment specified in modern awards or enterprise agreements);

                      (i)  subsection 325(1) (which deals with unreasonable requirements on employees to spend or pay amounts);

                    (ia)  subsection 325(1A) (which deals with unreasonable requirements on prospective employees to spend or pay amounts);

                      (j)  subsection 417(1) (which deals with industrial action before the nominal expiry date of an enterprise agreement etc.);

                     (k)  subsection 421(1) (which deals with contraventions of orders in relation to industrial action);

                      (l)  section 434 (which deals with contraventions of Ministerial directions in relation to industrial action);

                    (m)  subsection 530(4) (which deals with notifying Centrelink of certain proposed dismissals);

                     (n)  subsections 535(1), (2) and (4) (which deal with employer obligations in relation to employee records);

                     (o)  subsections 536(1), (2) and (3) (which deal with employer obligations in relation to pay slips);

                     (p)  subsection 745(1) (which deals with contraventions of the extended parental leave provisions);

                     (q)  section 760 (which deals with contraventions of the extended notice of termination provisions);

                      (r)  subsection 785(4) (which deals with notifying Centrelink of certain proposed terminations);

                      (s)  any other civil remedy provisions prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply to a contravention of a civil remedy provision that is committed by a person after a court has imposed a pecuniary penalty on the person for an earlier contravention of the provision.



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