Significant changes from Fair Work Australia came into effect from 27th March 2021 in relation to casual employment which may impact your business.

The changes have been brought in to further clarify the term “casual” and to help protect both employees and employers. These changes were introduced due to a spark in recent cases where employers were left exposed in relation to the definition/entitlements for casual employees. Please click here for a detailed summary on the changes.

What you need to do will depend on the size of your business.  Following is a brief summary of the changes:

Small businesses (less than 15 employees)

  • Provide casuals with the Fair Work Casual Employment Information Sheet ASAP click here
  • Obligated to consider casual conversion if employee requests after reaching their 12 month work anniversary. Answer to be in writing to employee within 21 days.

Non-small businesses (15 or more employees)

  • Assess all current causal employees employed as at 27th March 2021 by 27th September 2021 to consider if they are eligible for casual conversion. Please click here for a detailed explanation on what needs to be assessed and your obligations.
  • Provide casuals with the Fair Work Casual Employment Information Sheet after 27th September 2021 click here

If you have any questions or would like to discuss please reach out to your Holman Hodge contact.