What has happened so far?

Last month the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021, also known as the Omnibus Legislation, came into effect.  This reformed the legal definition of a casual employee and introduced a statutory definition of a “casual employee” for the first time in Australia.

For a long time, the accepted thinking was that a casual employee was one who was engaged as such and paid a casual loading.  However, more recently, the Courts have taken a broader approach when determining whether an employee was a casual employee, by assessing various factors … Continue Reading