Baiada agrees to comply with employment law and pay back underpaid staff

Australian poultry processing company Baiada has made an agreement with the country’s Fair Work Ombudsman to help stop worker exploitation at its site.

Thu, 29 Oct 2015Australian poultry processing company Baiada has made an agreement with the country’s Fair Work Ombudsman to help stop worker exploitation at its site.

The company has agreed to a proactive compliance partnership with the state-run ombudsman’s office to make good past underpayments by contractors and to continue to implement changes to ensure it complies with workplace laws, according to an ombudsman statement.

The partnership comes in the wake of a report on the employment practices of Baiada contractors, which included non-compliance with employment law and exploitation of predominantly overseas workers. 

Exploitation included significant underpayments, extremely long hours of work, high rents for overcrowded and unsafe worker accommodation, discrimination, and misclassifying employees as contractors.

Baiada is to set aside AUS$500k (£232k) to reimburse current and former workers found to have been underpaid this year.

Director supplying farm labourers banned for failing to pay NMW

A director of a company supplying farm labourers has been banned for seven years for repeatedly failing to pay workers the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Legislation 3 July 2018

Recruiters can’t be picky about finding workers for British farms

As recruiters warn they won’t be able to source enough workers needed by British farmers to pick their fruit and vegetables, Recruiter caught up with a soft fruit picking business whose fears around labour shortages last year were realised.

7 June 2018

EASI remit could tackle labour exploitation at umbrella and intermediary firms

The Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate could have its remit extended to tackle labour exploitation at umbrella companies and intermediaries.

Legislation 9 May 2018

New Staffline CEO Pullen on the acquisition trail

The new CEO of recruitment and employment organisation Staffline Group has wasted no time in making his mark with the acquisition of three staffing businesses.

19 March 2018
Top