Changes to Casual Employment Laws

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By 27 September 2021, employers (other than small businesses) need to assess whether their existing casuals are eligible to be offered permanent employment.

An employer must make a written offer to convert a casual employee to permanent employment if:

  • They have been employed by them for at least 12 months;
  • They’ve worked a regular pattern of hours for the last 6 months
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All industry and occupation awards are now being updated by the Fair Work Commission to include a new clause allowing employees to take five days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave. Who is covered? The new entitlement applies to all employees covered by an industry or occupation award. This includes part time and casual employees. Who is not covered? Enterprise awards and State reference public sector awards won’t include this clause, however these employees may be en
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The Fair Work Commission increases the minimum wage to combat changes to Penalty Rates.

Yesterday the Fair Work Commission announced that they will be increasing the National Minimum Wage by 3.3%.   This increase will take place as of July 1st 2017 and is expected to increase weekly wages by $22.20.   While this may seem like a small increase, 2.3 million people in Australia will benefit from this decision. This decision follows on from another recent announcement surroun
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The Coalition Government have recently introduced a new bill, Bill 2017, aimed at protecting vulnerable workers.  They say that Bill 2017, will “protect vulnerable workers and crack down on unscrupulous bosses who break the law”.  There has been greater need for government protection of workers, with recent headlines showing that workers who are not fully aware of their rights and being taken advantage of by their employer.

What will Bill 2017 do?

The Coalition Government claims that Bill 2017 will help pro
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