Reminder! Changes to casual employment laws

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By this point in time, employers (other than small business employers) should have assessed whether any existing casual employees (employed before 27 March 2021), are eligible to be offered to convert to permanent employment.

Employers need to:

  • make a written offer to convert their casual employees to permanent employment (this must be done within 21 days after making the assessment), or
  • write to employees explaining why they won’t be made an offer (this needs to be done within 21 days of making the assessment but by no later than 27 September 2021).

To accept an offer to convert, employees need to respond in writing within 21 days after getting the offer. If they don’t respond, employers can assume that they’ve declined the offer.

All businesses should now have supplied the Fair Work Casual Employment Information Statement to all existing casual staff, and be providing this to all new casual staff on or prior to their first engagement.

If you have any questions about the changes to casual employment and the casual conversion rules, contact the WR team to assist, on 8291 2000 or at