New Ruling: What Constitutes a Casual Worker

The Federal Court of Australia handed down a new ruling yesterday in WorkPac v Rossato redefining what constitutes a casual employee. Effectively, your regular rostered casual workers may not be casual workers at all and may be entitled to certain leave entitlements. The Federal Government has indicated that it is open to legislative amendments to the Fair Work Act to clarify the meaning of casual employees. In the meantime, all businesses should review their casual engagements and rostering systems to fully understand the decision’s implications and seek legal advice to understand your options. Contact us if you have any questions.