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Casual Staff by Karen Vercoe

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Calling someone a casual does not make them a casual.  Please ensure your employment relationships with your staff are correct.  Once that person has any form of uniformity and/or regularity to their role, they are no longer a casual.  This can have implications when terminating them.


Fair Work knocked on their door one morning, whilst everyone was in the kitchen having a coffee.  They advised that they were going to have a look at their pays to ensure they were paying staff correctly.   They were asked what Award they were paying the staff on.  The bookkeeper said that her boss provided her with the hourly rates and she just paid that amount.

When the Fair Work man frowned, she realised this was a problem.  He reviewed all of their pays for the staff and left.  He said he would provide a report to her employer.  Being the bookkeeper, she was a little nervous. Had she done the wrong thing?

A couple of weeks later the report was received.  The client was fined for three occasions of not paying the staff correctly.   They could have been fined $33,000 per breach.  They were not fined this amount on this occasion, but it was still a substantial fine.

The client indicated that they were unaware of the Award and the correct amounts; this did not lessen their fine.  Ignorance is not a defence!  They are paying correctly now.  Certainly not something they will overlook in the future.

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Hi, my name is Karen Vercoe and I am the Director of The HR People. Chan & Naylor have invited us to provide you information about our services and how we can assist you. We are a team of HR consultants with extensive experience in multiple industries and we have national reach.

Each month we will provide an article. These articles will be information about current legislation and/or clients who have had to pay large fines or penalties to staff because they didn’t do the right thing. Often these people were unaware that they were doing the wrong thing.

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