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Carer's leave

Carer's leave

Definition

Paid or unpaid leave for employees who need to take time off from work to care for an immediate family or household member who’s sick, injured or has an unexpected emergency.
Casual employee

Casual employee

Definition

An employee who is employed by the hour or day as needed by the employer and paid a casual loading.
Casual loading

Casual loading

Definition

An additional amount paid on top of the base pay rate to casual employees.
Classification

Classification

Definition

A description of a job role in an award or registered agreement. It usually outlines the duties, responsibilities and qualifications for an employee. Classification levels affect minimum pay rates. As well as the duties of the job role, an employee’s classification may depend on their qualifications and experience levels. For example, an employee might need to hold a diploma or certificate, or have a certain amount of experience before they can progress to the next level.
Coercion

Coercion

Definition

Pressuring someone to do or not do something through intimidation, force or threats.
Commission only

Commission only

Definition

A payment made to an employee based on how much they sell.
Community service leave

Community service leave

Definition

A type of leave taken to participate in community service activities such as jury duty and voluntary emergency services.
Compassionate leave

Compassionate leave

Definition

Leave taken when a member of an employee’s immediate family or household is seriously ill or dies. Other known term: bereavement leave.
Constitutional Corporation

Constitutional Corporation

Definition

A financial or trading corporation formed in Australia or a foreign corporation. A business is usually a constitutional corporation if it has ‘Pty Ltd’ or ‘Ltd’ within its business name.
Constitutionally covered business

Constitutionally covered business

Definition

A constitutionally covered business is a proprietary limited company, a foreign corporation, a trading or financial corporation formed within the limits of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth authority, a body corporate incorporated in a territory, a business or organisation conducted principally in a territory or Commonwealth place. It does not include sole traders, partnerships, some state government employees, corporations whose main activity is not trading or financial.
Constructive dismissal

Constructive dismissal

Definition

Where an employee quits but was forced to do so because of the conduct of their employer.
Continuous service

Continuous service

Definition

The total length of time that an employee has been working for an employer.
Contravention

Contravention

Definition

The failure to comply with an obligation within the Fair Work Act, awards or registered agreements. Other known term: breach.
Coverage clause

Coverage clause

Definition

A coverage clause can be found in an award or registered agreement. It describes what types of employees and employers are covered by the award or registered agreement.