Journal article

Digging Into Deterrence: An Examination of Deterrence-Based Theories and Evidence in Employment Standards Enforcement

Tess Hardy

The International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations | Kluwer Law International | Published : 2021


In a bid to curb employer non-compliance with wage and hour regulation, policy-makers across many different jurisdictions are seeking to deliver greater doses of deterrence. This trend stems from a series of common assumptions. In particular, it is often assumed that introducing stiffer sanctions, such as criminal penalties for wage theft, will automatically amplify the relevant deterrence effects. This article seeks to unpack these assumptions to better understand: a) how deterrence is conceptualized and understood in the context of wage underpayment; and b) which tools or approaches are likely to be most powerful in enhancing deterrence and promoting compliance. Drawing on recent developm..

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