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ACTU’s claim could destroy business flexibility

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HC Online | 14 Oct 2014, 11:50 AM Agree 0
The ACTU’s proposed changes to the rights of casual workers could potentially impact businesses across Australia in all industries – here’s what you need to know.
  • kevin | 14 Oct 2014, 12:59 PM Agree 0
    If all employees are to be regarded as permanent then that is fine, provided the working conditions of all employees reflects the flexibility lost by denying employers casuals. I would suggest employers still want some control or flexibility and therefore may move to more "temporary" contracts.
  • Michael | 14 Oct 2014, 01:40 PM Agree 0
    So casual workers will qualify for leave entitlements? Well then the first thing to go will be the loading.
    Second to go will be their jobs as employers will prefer to pay their workers overtime than be lumbered with a non flexible workforce.
    Let's just call it what it is, part time as it no longer sounds like a casual arrangement.
    This will affect school kid, mum and dads who supplement their income with a second job or flexible work arrangements due to their situation.
    Absolute madness.
  • MM | 14 Oct 2014, 03:48 PM Agree 0
    These days there is a high use of what is known as "permanent casual" employment - employees who work regular hours week in week out and who, under a true definition of casual employment, are not casual - but for the employer's convenience are paid as casual as an escape from actually providing them with the benefits granted to permanent employees.
    This is an entirely different scenario from backfilling temporary needs due to additional work for a season or leave replacement.
    While most employees don't see the true value of paid leave in "the future" compared to 25% extra now, there should be a way of converting them out of a casual classification when they truly aren't casual
  • Errol | 14 Oct 2014, 06:40 PM Agree 0
    Casual worker get sick and have parental obligation but are not protected when they need to use unpaid absences to meet their need. Pro rata protected leave entitlements for casual employees provided by employers is the only fair way to treat employees equally. Businesses will not loose flexibility or be less competitive, and any business who would introduce such benefits independently would achieve an instant competitive advantage with casual workers knocking on their doors to gain access to these conditions.
  • Amanda Rochford | 16 Oct 2014, 12:17 PM Agree 0
    Casual employees cannot get morgage loans either because their employment status is not considered permanent.
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