Running an employment agency or business

Paying work-seekers


If you operate as an employment agency and introduce a work-seeker to a hirer for employment by the hirer you cannot be responsible for paying the work-seeker remuneration arising from the work-seeker's employment with the hirer.

Separate rules apply to entertainment and modelling agencies. For further information see entertainment and modelling agencies.

If you are an employment business supplying temporary work-seekers you are responsible for paying the work-seekers. You must pay a temporary work-seeker for all the hours they work.

Even if you have not been paid by the hiring company or the work-seeker has not supplied you with a time sheet authorised or signed by the hirer verifying the hours worked by that work-seeker, you must still pay the work-seeker for the hours they have worked.

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