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

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017

Following media allegations last year and now further allegations in November 2016 of underpayment and mistreatment of labour hire staff and migrant workers in fresh food industries, Federal and State Agencies, including the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), Department of Immigration and Border Protection, ATO, 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!

The South Australian Wine Industry Assocation (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, wine industry employers can utilise our free "Host Business Checklist". Further, to assist wine industry employers to ensure that any person working on their site have the right to lawfully work in Australia, SAWIA has provided "Standard Wording for Lawfully Employing Non-Citizens". This wording can be included in a labour hire contract. 

For more information and assistance contact SAWIA.