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Casual Staff: Permanent Rights

In the latest industrial shakeup this year … Casual workers have won the right to request permanent employment if they work regular hours for the same employer over a year.

Fair Work has ruled workers covered under 85 awards have the right to request full or part-time employment status after 12 months.

Employers can refuse the request on reasonable grounds … including that it would require a significant adjustment to a casual employee's hours of work or they could foresee their position would no longer exist in the next 12 months.

 

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Unions had pushed for the changes … saying it would help end the gradual ‘casualisation’ of the nation’s workforce.

But Australian Retailers Association Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says the plan is not flexible and could prove expensive for businesses.

Unions have also launched a Federal Court challenge against recent cuts to Sunday penalty rates. That’s likely to be heard in September or October.

Read more about casual employment here.

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