Feb 2019 | Workpac hit with $84 million class action over casual 'underpayments'

Date: 5 Feb 2019

Source: AFR

Major mining labour hire firm WorkPac has been hit with an estimated $84 million class action over claims it underpaid 'regular' casuals their annual leave and other entitlements.

Canberra law firm Adero filed legal action in the Federal Court on Monday on behalf of former WorkPac employee Matthew Peterson, who leads a suit covering almost 7000 workers and alleged underpayments totalling between $47.5 million and $84.2 million.

The class action is part of the fallout from the so-called Skene precedent last year, which allows casuals who work regular and predictable hours to claim annual leave, redundancy and sick leave on top of their casual loading.