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Govt lawyers met with firm over casual pay

Govt lawyers met with firm over casual pay

Government lawyers met with labour hire firm Workpac after a court decision which forced them to pay annual leave entitlements to a casual employee.

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By AAP 24.10.2018 02:59 PM

The labour hire firm at the centre of a controversial judgment about casual leave entitlements met with government lawyers after the Federal Court handed down its decision.

WorkPac was forced to pay annual leave entitlements to truck driver Paul Skene after the court ruled he was not a casual because of his regular pattern of work.

At a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra on Wednesday, it was confirmed the Jobs Department's former general counsel met with the company on September 11, almost a month after the judgment.

Officials also confirmed the department provided advice to Industrial Relations Minister Kelly O'Dwyer on the implications of the decision, but hasn't prepared legislation in response.

Employers have raised fears the ruling could lead to "double dipping" of entitlements, while unions say it is an important step to prevent companies misusing the casual classification to avoid obligations to workers.

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