The Government’s industrial relations Bill that introduced reform of casual employment arrangements came into effect on 26 March 2021.
Problems associated with engaging employees on what were intended to be casual arrangements, but which have been subsequently categorised as permanent employment by courts, have caused confusion in the road transport industry. The sensible and worthwhile change in the workplace reform legislation that has now come into force is helpful for employers.
What this means for you:
We urge all members to review their casual employment contracts and engage casual employees under written contracts that reflect the new statutory definition of casual employment.
If you have casual employees on your books, contact the NatRoad team so we can assist in regularising casual engagements.
What is the new statutory definition of casual employment?
From 27 March 2021, changes to workplace laws relating to casual employees mean that your employee is a casual employee if:
- they are offered a job
- the offer does not include a firm advance commitment that the work will continue indefinitely with an agreed pattern of work
- they accept the offer knowing that there is no firm advance commitment and become an employee.
Find out more about the new workplace laws relating to casual employees, including what a firm advance commitment means, at www.fairwork.gov.au/reforms or contact a NatRoad adviser.
Who do I need to give the Casual Fair Work Information Statement to?
Print off or email a copy of the Casual Fair Work Information Statement to all casual employees who started with your company on or after 27 March 2021.
Equally important, there are transitional provisions that apply to existing casual employees. Small business employers must give a copy of this statement to casual employees soonest. Other businesses must give a copy of this statement to employees ASAP after 27 September 2021
How Can NatRoad Help?
If members are engaging casual employees, please consult us so that we can provide you with advice about the required form of contract to meet the new laws as well as provide advice about the new provisions relating to casual conversion.
Call us on 1800 272 144 or email [email protected]