Don’t get stung: Formalise your labour hire and contractor arrangements

Following media allegations earlier in the year of underpayment and mistreatment of labour hire staff in fresh food industries, Federal and State Agencies, including the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), Department of Immigration and Border Protection, ReturntoWorkSA and RevenueSA are taking a closer look at host businesses engaging labour hire firms.

Under workplace relations laws, a host business may held liable for underpayments of wages and other breaches by their labour hire firm. A host business also has responsibilities in relation to work health and safety, migration law and discrimination law. Breaches of workplace and employment laws by the labour hire/contractor not only expose a wine industry employer to potential penalties but could also cause long term reputational damage.

If you have not formalised your labour hire/contractor arrangements, now is the time!

SAWIA can assist wine industry employers with specific advice and assistance regarding labour hire and contracting arrangements to manage the risk.

To assess your current risk profile, print out and complete the attached checklist.

For more information and assistance contact the Business Services Team (Sarah, Egon and Henrik) via email or phone 08 8222 9277

Host Business Checklist December 2015

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