Businesses enrolled in the government's JobKeeper scheme who do not pass on the full $1500 payment to employees can expect to feel the full weight of the law, said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
As the money starts to flow, reports have surfaced of businesses allegedly trying to skim the payment from their employees.
There are reports of employers asking for a portion of the payment
The Government says the ATO will be auditing businesses
Penalties for breaking the law include fines and jail time
Investigation and prosecution of employers who unnecessarily terminate Jobkeeper staff and replace them with new staff will begin once Jobkeeper payments conclude in September.
In consultation with the Fair Work Commission, ATO have highlighted a no tolerance approach of employers who replace eligible job keeper staff with new staff once job keeper finishes. Normal unfair dismissal benchmarks will apply.