Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Casual Workers Game Changes

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Casual Workers Game Changes

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IF YOU are a casual worker, or an employer of casual workers - the game just changed!

The Fair Work Commission has just decided to insert a provision for the conversion of casual employment to full-time or part-time employment into all awards.

The FWC decided that the conversion to full-time or part-time employment should become an entitlement: After a casual employee has completed a qualifying period of 12 calendar months of casual employment on an ongoing basis; and if the work performed by the casual employee can be performed by a full-time or part-time employee without significant adjustment to the pattern of work hours.

Can an employer refuse to convert the casual employment to full-time or part-time? Yes, but only if: Doing so would necessitate a significant adjustment to the hours of work; or the employer can foresee that within the next 12 months, the casual employee's position will either cease to exist, or the hours of work will significant change or be reduced; or there is another reasonable ground, based on reasonably foreseeable facts. …

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