Casual employees labouring to repair road

CASUAL EMPLOYEES NOW DEFINED UNDER FAIR WORK ACT

Back in our January 2021 e-Newsletter, we spoke about a new Bill being introduced to make amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act). This Bill has now been passed.

Changes to be aware of:
A person is a casual employee if they accept a job offer from an employer knowing that there is no firm advance commitment to ongoing work with an agreed pattern of work.

Existing employees:
Casuals who were employed immediately before 27 March 2021 and whose initial employment offer meets the new definition continue to be ‘casual employees’.


Key Takeaways
It is critical for employers who wish to hire casual employees to ensure that their work patterns do not indicate permanent employment regardless of what the contract states.

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