No-one has missed the furore surrounding celebrity chef George Calombaris and his MAdE Establishment company. In July, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) found that MAdE Establishment had underpaid 515 restaurant staff by AU$7.8 million in wages and superannuation. George Calombaris apologised and his firm has said it repaid the money to staff. Additionally, MAdE Establishment agreed to make a $200,000 contrition payment and George Calombaris committed to becoming an ambassador for the FWO. Along the way, George Calombaris lost a lucrative sponsorship deal and his professional reputation was undoubtedly damaged. It was a big price to pay. When George was asked by journalist Leigh Sales, on ABC TV’s 7.30 Report, how it all came about, he said, “You’re running a million miles an hour, being creative, being someone that can inspire the team… and you assume at the back end, things are happening at the same speed – but they weren’t.” Sound familiar? Running a growing company while managing contractors is a massive commitment that takes time and energy. You can’t afford to take your eyes off the ball and you have to know you’ve got a reliable team supporting you with the expertise you need… You also have to know they’re running just as hard as you are. At Ayers we’ve got the fastest runners you’ll find with the expertise you need. Our contractor management services include payroll outsourcing and we can arrange a bespoke solution to fully integrate with your business. From on-boarding, to visa rights checks, contract administration and legislative requirements, we can take the stress off managing your contingent workforce, reduce your risks of non-compliance and save you time. Talk to your Ayers account manager today.