Accountants liable for clients’ fair work breaches

Fair Work Ombudsman v Blue Impression Pty Ltd & Ors [2017] FCCA 810 decided that accountants may be liable as accessories in their clients’ contraventions of the Fair Work Act 2009.

In this case, Ezy Accounting 123 was found to have failed to ensure that its client, Blue Impression, was using MYOB payroll software that reflected current minimum pay rates.

Ezy Accounting 123 was deemed to be involved in the contravention of the Act, despite denying knowledge of the breach.

So accountants can be liable for breaches of the Fair Work Act 2009 even if they have relied on information given to them by their client. Failure to check the accuracy of information will be no defence.

When using software such as MYOB, it might be best to check the most current version is being used.

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Read the full case here.

Written by Damian Scroope