“Casuals Court Decision Could be Overturned by New Laws”
Not surprisingly, the government has said it will look to overturn yesterdays Federal court decision in Workpac v Rosato with legislation, as the decision could have far reaching affects on many businesses already struggling under COVID-19. The Federal Attorney General Christian Porter said he will consider specifying under new laws a right to convert casual employees into permanent staff after a set period of time, which could be after 12 months regular and systematic work. He described the decision as creating “uncertainty in[to] the employment market” at a time of seeking to regrow employment. This will provide much needed clarity on this issue for all employers. Separately, The Fair Work Commission said it was dealing with 70% more unfair dismissal claims now than compared to the same time last year.