Casual, part-time & full-time
On 12 December 2017, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) made changes to part-time and casual provisions in some awards.
Changes were made to the part-time clause in some awards, including the Hospitality and Restaurant Awards, and to overtime entitlements for casual employees in other awards, including the Retail, Hair and Beauty and Fast Food Awards.
These changes apply from ppc 1 January 2018. For more information read Changes to casual and part-time entitlements in some awards. You can also read the FWC's orders on their website.
An employee, including a shiftworker, can be hired as:
It is important to know the type of employment because pay rates, leave and other entitlements are different.
Fixed term contract employees
Fixed term contract employees are employed for a specific period of time or task. For example a 6 month contract where employment ends after 6 months.
Fixed term employees are different to permanent employees who are employed on an ongoing basis until the employer or employee ends the employment relationship.
Fixed term contract employees are usually full-time or part-time employees.
Full-time or part-time fixed term employees are generally entitled to the same wages, penalties and leave as permanent employees. An award or registered agreement may provide extra terms and conditions for a fixed term employee.
Best practice tip
Make sure new employees know their:
- employment status
- full-time, part-time or casual
- permanent or fixed term contract
- classification level
- hours of work
- pay rate.
This information is included in our letter of engagement templates:
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