Feb 4, 2014

Pollster Gary Morgan hits back against sham contracting judgement

Paying employees as contractors is a quick way to find yourself in legal trouble, as the head of the Roy Morgan Group has discovered.

The Roy Morgan Group is embroiled in a bitter legal stoush with the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate following a Federal Court judgement finding the group engaged in sham contracting. But high-profile pollster Gary Morgan, chairman of Roy Morgan, has told Crikey he’ll appeal the decision, which he declares “a sham”.

The Federal Circuit Court found Morgan’s family trust, Linkhill, underpaid 10 employees who it had maintained were contractors. The court ordered Linkhill pay its workers $178,941 in unpaid wages and entitlements.

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