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Casual Conversion Clause

By September 22, 2018 October 17th, 2018 No Comments

84 Modern Awards were updated to include a casual conversion clause on 1 October 2018.

Who’s affected?

The new clause affects the rights and obligations of employers who engage people to work on a regular and systematic basis, as casual employees.

What does it mean?

The clause allows a regular casual employee to request for their employment to be converted to full-time or part-time employment.

What do I need to do as the employer?

  • Regular casual employees employed as at 1 October 2018 must be provided with a copy of the new clause by 1 January 2019.
  • For persons who start after 1 October 2018, they must be provided with a copy of the clause within 12 months of commencing.

A few important points:

  • A casual employee must request the casual conversion in writing.
  • Employers must respond to the request within 21 days. This response must also be in writing.
  • Employers can refuse the request provided they have reasonable grounds for doing so.