In the past month two decisions have changed the way businesses need to think about their engagement of casual employees. From 1 October 2018 employers who employ casual employees under 84 modern awards, including the General Retail Industry Award 2010, will have a new obligation to notify casual employees in relation to their right to request conversion to permanent employment, and this will flow on to requests for conversion which employers will need to respond to. Combined with the Full Federal Court decision in Workpac v Skene, where it was held that an employee who was paid as a casual and who accepted he was a casual successfully argued he was a permanent employee entitled to paid annual leave, these decisions fundamentally shift the way retailers need to think about casual employment.
In this webinar ARA’s Employment Relations Partner, FCB, will explain the key points of the decisions and provide members with strategies that will minimise the impact and risk to business of the decisions. This will include recommended processes as well as amendments to contractual arrangements and engagement practices.