July - August 2016 Industry Update

Message from the Director

Welcome to the latest edition of FWBC’s Industry Update, covering the agency’s actions from 1 July - 30 August 2016.

In this edition, our usual wrap up of FWBC’s action in the Fair Work Commission and the courts over the past two months includes the Federal Court’s ruling in Director, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v J Hutchinson Pty Ltd penalising the contractor and two of its officers a total of $29,175 for discriminating against a subcontractor who did not have a CFMEU enterprise agreement.

In the 2015/16 financial year, FWBC initiated eight cases against employers. Of concern, seven of these contain similar allegations whereby contractors are alleged to have refused to engage subcontractors because the firms did not have a union enterprise agreement. Many subcontractors are family-owned small to medium enterprises. As a result, mum and dad investors can risk losing their family assets.

Contractors should be aware that breaching a designated building law is also potentially in breach of section 9 of the Building Code 2013 and therefore breaches of the law could result in a sanction and being ineligible to tender for Commonwealth funded building work.

Finally, this edition also includes information on updating the FWBC On Site mobile phone app. Updating the app is the best way to make sure you are not viewing superseded versions of FWBC’s educational resources.

If you have any industry-related ideas you’d be interested in hearing about, please send us your direct feedback via the contact details below.

FWBC website: www.fwbc.gov.au

FWBC Hotline: 1800 003 338

Direct feedback contact: Yasmin at media[at]fwbc.gov.au

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