The Fair Work Act was amended on 26 March 2021 to change workplace rights and obligations for casual employees. The changes came into effect on 27 March 2021.
These changes include:
The employer obligations around casual conversion differ depending on whether you are a small business (<15 employees) or not.
This article covers the new definition of casual employment.
Definition of a casual employee
A person is a casual employee if they accept an offer for a job from an employer knowing that there is no firm advance commitment to ongoing work with an agreed pattern of work.
A person is a casual employee if:
Meaning of "does not include a firm advance commitment"
To work out if the employer’s offer does not include a firm advance commitment, consider whether:
An employee whose roster changes from week to week, is only called in when needed, and can accept, refuse or swap shifts, is likely to be a casual.
How is a casual different to full-time or part-time?
Full-time and part-time employees have an advance commitment to ongoing employment. They can expect to work regular hours each week. They are also entitled to paid leave and and must give or receive notice to end the employment.
Contact us if you need help with employee types or your obligations around casual conversion.