Important Employee Changes

A regular casual employee who in the preceding 12 months has worked a pattern of hours, on an ongoing basis, without significant adjustment, the employee could continue to perform as a full-time or part-time employee.

There is no obligation on any employee to convert or for an employee to be offered additional hours of work.

In order for a regular casual employee to convert to permanent employment, the request must be made in writing and can only be refused on reasonable business grounds. An employer must respond to the employee in writing within 21 days of receiving the request from the regular casual employee.

An employer is also required to provide casual employees with a copy of the casual conversion clauses that are contained in the Award within the first 12 months of the employee’s first engagement to perform work. In addition, a casual employee who was already employed with the employer before 1 October 2018 must be provided with a copy of the casual conversion clause by 1 January 2019.

Copies of each of these awards can be found on the Fair Work website.

This acts a timely reminder for the documents that are required to be given to new employees, either permanent or casual, when commencing work.

The documents that are required are:-
  • Letter for offer, detailing position being offered as well as hours and pay rate
  • Copy of the Fair Work information Statement
  • Position Description
  • TFN Declaration
  • Choice of Superannuation
As well as the above documents, a copy of the applicable Modern Award needs to be supplied so all employees have access to this document. It may be placed in the kitchen, locker room, mess hall, anywhere where all employees have access.