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Presumption where records not provided

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  in proceedings relating to a contravention by an employer of a civil remedy provision referred to in subsection (3), an applicant makes an allegation in relation to a matter; and

                     (b)  the employer was required:

                              (i)  by subsection 535(1) or (2) to make and keep a record; or

                             (ii)  by regulations made for the purposes of subsection 535(3) to make available for inspection a record; or

                            (iii)  by subsection 536(1) or (2) to give a pay slip;

                            in relation to the matter; and

                     (c)  the employer failed to comply with the requirement;

the employer has the burden of disproving the allegation.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the employer provides a reasonable excuse as to why there has not been compliance with subsection 557C(1)(b).

             (3)  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 to spend or pay amounts);

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

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