Opinion: More workplace protection needed for small business employees rights

DURING the Canning election campaign, there were numerous promises to create more jobs in the small business sector.

But it is not commonly known that pursuant to a discretional Ministerial Order, the Fair Work Commission does not protect employees who work for small business entities employing fewer than 15 people.

Furthermore, workers employed under contract arrangement where fringe benefits or salary offsets are provided, such as motor vehicles and mobile phones, must resort to civil courts where a breach of contract occurs.

In other words, small business employees are on their own when it comes to workplace protection. This disgraceful situation fosters exploitation and underpayment.