From today, casual workers will be able to ask their employers for permanent positions if they have worked in that job for 12 months.
The ruling by the Fair Work Commission allows casuals who have worked regular hours for at least one year to have their application for a permanent position taken seriously by their employer.
Your employer can still refuse your request to make your position permanent, but they’d need to have reasonable grounds – such as not seeing your job being available in the next 12 months or if it would require a significant adjustment to your hours of work.
Your boss also has to have consulted with you before deciding not to grant you a permanent position.
Gerard Dwyer, the National Secretary for SDA – the union for retail, fast-food and warehouse workers – said the ruling is going to make a “world of difference to many workers”.
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