Modern day slavery can take many forms including the trafficking of people, forced labour, child labour, servitude and slavery. As Australia’s leading hospitality recruitment agency, we take our responsibility for supplying staff extremely seriously.

We are aware of the risks of modern slavery and the risks of using unlicensed labour hire providers. Our processes around candidate engagement ensure our employees are alert to the signs of exploitation, so that we may take the necessary action promptly and effectively should it be identified.

Recruitment and agency worker / labour hire supply

JRM’s core business practice involves sourcing candidates for our clients. We engage all candidates directly, onshore in Australia. We do not engage external agencies for the supply of candidates for onward supply to our clients. All candidates supplied to our clients are employees of JRM Hospitality.

JRM is licensed as required under the various state and territory licensing schemes.

Suppliers to JRM
We contract third parties who provide services to assist with the everyday running of our business, such as IT service providers and property management companies, who, for example, may provide cleaning services to our offices.

We acknowledge that by virtue of contracting other parties, whether as a client or as a supplier, there is always some risk of modern slavery existing in our supply chain. We expect our suppliers and potential suppliers to aim for high ethical standards and to operate in an ethical, legally compliant and professional manner. We also expect our suppliers to promote similar standards in their own supply chain.

Actions taken to assess and address modern slavery risks:

Candidate engagement
JRM ensures that strict compliance checks are carried out for all candidates it supplies. We verify the identity of each worker and their right to work before supply commences. We also have a dedicated temporary worker payroll team who audit the
relevant modern award that a temporary worker is engaged under to ensure they are paid correctly in accordance with the relevant award.

Cooperation with client due diligence
Our clients in the private sector operate in many industries and range in size from small businesses through to local subsidiaries of global groups. That being the case, JRM is familiar with participating in clients’ audits of their respective supply chains. In
doing so, JRM is also able to observe its clients’ own practices on the prevention of modern slavery.

Ability for employees to raise concerns at work
All JRM employees have access to dedicated channels through which they may voice concerns, either through local reporting mechanisms or through whistleblowing procedures. An information statement providing an overview of Modern Slavery in Practice as well as the Red Flags to look out for is provided to every employee during their onboarding process. They are also provided with access to confidential reporting and whistleblowing mechanisms.

JRM is committed to protecting employees when disclosing malpractice and will ensure that all disclosures made in compliance with whistleblowing procedures will
be treated confidentially and without fear of retaliation. It is by receiving and evaluating feedback and maintaining a culture of compliance that JRM can assess the effectiveness of its practices and procedures.

All staff within JRM are expected to comply with all laws and act in accordance with local guidelines and regulations and act with integrity and honesty. We have undertaken to continually review our policies and procedures to ensure our colleagues have access to any additional information and support they may require
with regard to human trafficking, forced labour, child labour, servitude and slavery.
All relevant employees in Australia have undertaken training on modern slavery and human trafficking, and this training will be repeated bi-annually moving forward.

JRM’s standard form contracts
JRM‘s suite of standard form contracts furnished to client explicitly require mutual compliance with modern slavery legislation.

The contracts contemplate and procure compliance with related laws, such an anti-bribery and corruption, and continue to require full compliance with local work health and safety laws.

Looking forward

JRM is committed to continual improvement around our controls around modern slavery, and ways to better assess and address the risks of modern slavery.