“Domino effect”: Businesses warned about contractor arrangements in wake of unfair dismissal case

SmartCompany on April 12, 2019

A recent dispute over whether a sales director was an employee or an independent contractor in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has renewed calls for business owners to review their human resources processes.

Details of a hearing to determine whether a sales director for Perth-based manufacturing firm Global Wear Solutions was eligible for unfair dismissal consideration were published yesterday, examining the often complex matter of determining what constitutes an independent contractor versus an employee.

While a signed agreement between both parties defined the worker as a contractor, FWC deputy president Abbey Beaumont was tasked with examining whether the actual nature of their relationship fit that bill.

Workplace Law managing director Athena Koelmeyer says the case provides a timely example of the difference between what a business might believe and what the law actually says. READ MORE: https://www.smartcompany.com.au/people-human-resources/recruitment-hiring/contractor-employee-unfair-dismissal/?utm_campaign=SC&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter