labour hire worker

A labour hire worker is an individual employed by a labour hire agency. This agency is responsible for hiring out the worker to various host organisations. Importantly, the employment contract exists between the worker and the agency, not between the worker and the host where they are assigned to work.

Labour hire workers are like employees of a temporary staffing agency. They are sent to work in different companies, known as 'hosts,' for short-term assignments or specific projects. The key point here is that their legal employer is the staffing agency, not the host company. This means the agency pays them, provides benefits and handles their employment rights. The hosts benefit from flexible staffing solutions without the long-term commitment of hiring permanent staff.

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