Labour exploitation: Recent examples from Australia

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Human Resource Management International Digest, 2016, 24 (3), pp. 4 - 6
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© 2016, © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to highlight the risks faced by employers as a result of subjecting vulnerable employees to exploitative business practices that are akin to slavery. Design/methodology/approach – The study considers examples of exploitative approaches that employers have recently adopted. Findings – The paper reveals that employers should be aware of the serious legal consequences including imprisonment that could result from slavery like business practices. Research limitations/implications – Guides managers in preventing claims of slavery. Practical implications – The paper serves to guide managers in preventing claims of slavery or exploitation. Social implicationsIt helps to draw attention to the risks associated with exploitative labour practices at the workplace. Originality/value – This paper aims to raise the issue of organizational awareness and preparedness to prevent predatory or exploitative employment practices.
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