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Employment Relations National Seminar Series

Managing Contractors - If it walks like a duck…


The proper engagement and management of independent contractors is an ongoing area of risk for Australian businesses. Courts have for many years looked behind carefully constructed contracts to consider the reality of the relationship and whether a contractor is genuinely running their own business or simply an employee in disguise. Meanwhile, businesses are faced with increased regulation of genuine contracting arrangements with issues normally associated with employees such as payroll tax, superannuation and work health and safety obligations being extended to contractors.