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Same Job, same pay (closing the labour hire loophole)

The first application seeking a regulated labour hire arrangement order has been lodged in Queensland.

If granted it will require a labour hire company to extend the benefits of the host employer’s enterprise agreement to its (the labour hire company’s) employees who perform work for the host employer.

The application is likely to be hotly contested and will probably be referred directly to the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission.

 

What happens from here?

If you are not in the labour hire business or don’t engage labour through a labour hire business, sit back and enjoy the debate that will ensue.

If you do engage labour hire employees, you may wish to seek advice on how the outcome of this application, and the many other similar applications that are likely to follow, will impact upon your business.

 

Stephen Kemp

Consultant - Head of Employment Law

Disclaimer: The information published in this article is of a general nature and should not be construed as legal advice. Whilst we aim to provide timely, relevant and accurate information, the law may change and circumstances may differ. You should not therefore act in reliance on it without first obtaining specific legal advice.

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