The Omnibus Bill (the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021) (Bill) which now primarily addresses casual employment has passed through the Senate and received Royal Assent on 26 March 2021. Despite many of the initially proposed industrial relations reforms being abandoned, the Bill will have a considerable impact on employers while at the same time providing much needed clarity around the nature of casual employment.
There are four key amendments that the Bill has introduced to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) which are:
- A definition for ‘casual employee’;
- Expanded casual conversion rights;
- Requirements to provide a ‘Casual Employment Information Statement’; and
- Double dipping protections where employees have received a casual loading.
As the Bill received Royal Assent on 26 March 2021, the changes to the FW Act have taken effect from 27 March 2021.