Contingent Labour

Round table held on 14th July 2020

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About the session:

One of the issues of the economic crisis around Covid-19 is the sudden loss of work for the
contingent workforce. This includes independent contractors, consultants,
casuals, temps or employees on fixed term contracts.

As we return to work in the new normal, the future for contingent workers is uncertain. Will
organisations want to just shun freelancers altogether?

Will people even be prepared to work as freelancers now? Or will firms desperately want to reduce
fixed costs and FTE numbers, and use gig workers or contractors to manage
peaks, and even be prepared to compensate more for flexibility?

Might it also be that organisations that have not managed the category of CONTINGENT LABOUR
proactively enough in the past may now be exposed to new legal risk?

Long-term contractors and consultants may be desperate for income and resort to claiming entitlements
against long-term clients on the basis they are properly deemed to be permanent
employees at law.

This has the potential to bring the on-cost that comes with employment into the frame –
super, payroll tax, PAYG, annual leave, long-service leave accruals and so on.

The hot topic questions arising are:

What is the difference between different classifications of non-employee workers – and when do they gain employee rights exactly?
Moreover, what changes have been made by governments during the crisis that affect workers’ rights in temporary roles – either good or bad?
What should buyers managing this category know today?

Find out in this webinar and Q&A with a top legal firm’s employment law partner
Your expert presenter
Louise Rumble is a partner
at top Australian law firm HOLDING REDLICH and has a rick experience and work
history in the field of employment law



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Category Legal
Type Presentations, Reports / Research, Virtual Round-table Recording
Date Entered 15/07/2020