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07.04.11
Sham scam rife among builders in ACT: court
The Canberra Times
A federal court said sham contracting was endemic to the ACT's building industry as it made an example of a Canberra construction firm that admitted using bogus employment contracts. In what authorities are claiming as Australia's first conviction under anti-sham contracting laws...
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23.03.11
Taxpayers losing $2.45 through sham contracting - Union calls for immediate Govt action
CFMEU
Construction workers have urged the Federal Government to crack down on sham contracting in the construction industry, which is costing Australians $2.45 billion in unpaid taxes. A new report "Race To The Bottom" released by the CFMEU Construction...
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21.03.11
Employers warned to stop the sham
Human Resources Leader
A Brisbane call centre has been ordered to pay a total of $214,500 after being found guilty of underpaying its staff by using sham contracts. Contracting Plus Pty Ltd was found guilty of breaching workplace laws after trying to swindle staff out of a total of $46,000 by paying its workers less...
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05.03.11
Peace about to break out on Canberra building sites
The Canberra Times
A deal designed to bring industrial peace to Canberra's troubled building sites is due to be signed within a month. The ACT Government, industry groups and the building union are set to sign an accord aimed at eradicating the use of sham contractors on government projects. The Construction...
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28.02.11
Union hunts for 'bogus' workers
The Canberra Times
Union officials have fronted up to major construction sites around Canberra, demanding site access to look for exploited foreign workers and sham contractors. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has refused to cooperate with a national inquiry into sham contracting...
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28.01.11
Fast visas for foreign workers
The Canberra Times
Overseas workers and the unemployed will be targeted to undertake the massive Queensland flood rebuilding program. Visa approval will be sped up, to just five days, for temporary overseas workers if an employer is unable to find skilled local workers to do the job, Julia Gillard said...
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20.01.11
New inquiry targets sham contracting
SmartCompany.com.au
So-called sham contracting arrangements - essentially where (often young) employees are classified as independent contractors instead of employees - have been the subject of increasing attention by government agencies like the ATO and the Australian Building and Construction Commission...
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09.12.10
Sham contracting in the spotlight
SmartCompany.com.au
So-called sham contracting arrangements - essentially where (usually young) employees are classified as independent contractors instead of employees - have been subject to ATO attention for some time. The ATO has a concern that, when times are tough, businesses may be tempted to cut corners...
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01.11.10
Territory leads in worker rip-offs
The Canberra Times
The ACT building industry is being plagued with sham employment contracts, which are helping employers to avoid paying payroll tax, superannuation, leave entitlements and workers' compensation, according to the Australian Building and Construction Commission. Sham contracts occur when employers...
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