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Should existing casual employees be offered permanency?

By 27 September 2021, employers (other than small business employers) need to assess whether any of their existing casual employees employed before 27 March 2021, are eligible to be offered a conversion to permanent employment.

Within 21 days of completing the assessment, the employer needs to:

  • make a written offer to convert their casual employee to permanent employment, or
  • write to their employee explaining why they won’t be making an offer (this needs to be done no later than 27 September 2021).

Employees responding to an offer

To accept an offer to convert, employees need to respond to their employer in writing within 21 days after getting the offer. If they don’t respond, their employer can assume that they’ve declined the offer.

For further information, you can download a Fact Sheet here [add link] or visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website
https://www.fairwork.gov.au/employee-entitlements/types-of-employees/casual-part-time-and-full-time/casual-employees/becoming-a-permanent-employee

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