South Eastern SA the Fair Work Ombudsman is visiting regions

Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017

In the last few months and weeks there has been much media focus on ‘slave labour’ and exploitation of backpackers and labour hire workers. This is a hot topic and one which is getting a lot of both the South Australian and Federal Governments. There has been a SA Parliamentary inquiry and initiatives to provide assistance and information, including briefing sessions run by SAWIA.

Please be mindful of your obligations as a host employer if you are engaging labour hire provider & workers and know what the labour hire provider is responsible for – you must do your due diligence around this type of engagement. Similarly if you employ contractors or workers on visas please be aware of your obligations under the Fair Work Act 2009 but also the Work, Health and Safety Act and Migration Act.

Please take 2 minutes to read the attached short note about the current activities of the Fair Work Inspectors out and about in regional South Australia, namely the Riverland, Murray Bridge and Mount Gambier looking at workplaces regarding – compliance issue generally, which includes things like classifications of employees, grading and wage rates, contractor arrangements and compliance with pay slips.

 SAWIA Members can contact Sarah Hills on 8222 9212 or Henrik Wallgren on 8222 9273 if you have any queries.