Understanding the differences between categories of workers is fundamentally important for employers, principals and workers to understand. It affects a range of issues fundamental to the working relationship, including but not limited to the manner in which work is completed, the parties abilities to determine and require how and when the work is completed, who is liable for deficient or negligent work and who is responsible to make payment of compulsory entitlements and other contributions.
Independent contractor arrangements can be viewed as attractive arrangements in many working contexts, but can be a minefield of liability for those involved without proper consideration.
Accordingly, independent contractor arrangements need to be carefully scrutinised in order to ensure that they are properly entered into, that they represent the true intention and needs of the parties and that. A failure to properly do so, can result in raft adverse consequences for those involved.
Queensland Law Practice’s professionals are experienced providing employment and workplace relations advice in relation to working relationships, status of workers and independent contractor arrangements.