The ‘bad apple’ view that wage theft is confined to ‘a small number of employers’

The Attorney-General’s discussion paper presents a partial picture of the extent of the problem of wage theft. It recurs to the ‘bad apple’ view of non-compliance among ‘a small number of employers’, which treats wage theft as aberrant and non-systemic. This view ignores available research: as the data in this document indicates, wage theft is endemic to the point of contributing to the national problem of chronic low wage growth (McKenzie, 2018)..