It is common place for employers and principal contractors to drive down employment costs by illegitimately disguising workers as independent contractors, particularly in sub-contracting out the works required. The security industry is vulnerable to ‘turning a blind eye’ to the compliance with the Fair Work in competing for security work.
At this year’s Security Exhibition and Conference (26-28 July), Greg Robertson, Director, General Protections and Misclassifications Team, Operations Group for the Fair Work Ombudsman will be presenting on The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Supply Chain Strategy aimed at providing industries with a level playing field through education, employer assistance, working with employer associations such as ASIAL, and where necessary take legal action in the worst cases of exploitation. Understanding your legal obligations and taking proactive steps to be a good employer / contractor will safeguard you family name, business name and protects you from being personally liable for being an accessory to sham arrangements. Taking some simple steps will safeguard both you and your industry.
Greg Robertson is the Director, General Protections and Misclassification Team, Fair Work Ombudsman leading a national team investigating sham arrangements, coercion, adverse action and unlawful industrial action.
Prior to joining the Fair Work Ombudsman Greg has senior law enforcement management experience in policing and the Australian Security and Investments Commission. In recent years Greg has overseen Inquiries into the drivers of sham arrangements in several industries including transportation, hotels and cleaning, charity collection and the current Local Government Procurement of Security Services.
For more information or to register for the conference, visit securityexpo.com.au