|The Fair Work Commission has announced, under its 4 year modern award review, that casual workers will be given the right to convert to part time, or full time employment, under certain conditions.
From 1 January 2018, employers using modern awards should expect a clause inserted into their award (where no casual conversion clause already exists), reflecting the draft terms of:
This preliminary decision does give employers the right to refuse this request on the basis of:
· Requiring a significant adjustment to their hours of work to accommodate the terms of the modern award;
· It’s known or expected that the casual employee’s position will cease to exist, or hours will significantly change or reduce;
· On any other reasonably foreseeable grounds.
The Commission also concluded that for the modern awards that didn’t already have a minimum engagement clause, a two-hour minimum would be inserted to the award.