21st September 2021   |   Business

Casual employment

Casual employment can now be offered permanent positions in their workplaces. Businesses are required to comply with the new casual conversion provisions.

The Fair Work of Australia has introduced new rules relating to ongoing employment and businesses. As of the 27th of September 2021, employers with over 15 employees are required to make a written offer to their casual employees to convert them to permanent employment within 21 days after the employee’s 12-month anniversary.

NEW CASUAL CONVERSION OBLIGATION

Employers will need to offer their casual employees the right to convert to permanent employment and they have the right to request to convert to permanent employment (part-time or full-time capacity) in some circumstances. From 27 September 2021, employers are required to make a written offer to their casual employees to convert them to permanent employment within 21 days after the employee’s 12-month anniversary, if the employee:

  • has been employed for 12 months
  • has worked a regular pattern of hours on an ongoing basis for at least the last 6 months
  • could continue working these hours as a full-time or part-time employee without significant changes.

NEW REQUIREMENT BY 27 September 2021  

By 27 September 2021, employers must assess whether any existing casual employees employed before 27 March 2021 are eligible to convert Casual employment to permanent employment.

They are required to:

  • Make a written offer to convert casual employees to permanent employment (this must be done within 21 days after making the assessment)

OR

  • Write to employees explaining why they won’t be making an offer (this needs to be done by no later than 27 September 2021).

Please note, the Award employees may be under may change from 27 September 2021 as well, to incorporate new laws regarding casual conversion.

 

FURTHER OBLIGATION

Employers are required to provide all new and existing casual employees with a copy of the attached Casual Employment Information Statement along with the standard Fair Work Information Statement.

To find out more you can visit the is being offered to permanent positions in their place. The Fair Work of Australia has introduced new rules relating to ongoing employment and businesses. Businesses are required to comply with the new casual conversion provisions.  

If you would like more information please go to the Fair work website 

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