If you are an employer of casual staff you ARE NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY with this decision by the Full Court of the Federal Court in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato  FCAFC 84. The 183 page decision can be boiled down to this:
1. Your "causal employees" may be entitled to paid annual leave, paid personal/carer’s leave, paid compassionate leave and payment for public holidays.
2. This is so even if the employer paid the causal employee the additional 25% loading that casuals receive for their casual status as opposed to full time status.
3. Furthermore the employer will not be able to set off or reclaim the 25% loading on the basis of over payment or mistake.
In this case Rossato was employed on a casual basis. The court however took the view that the "parties had agreed on employment of indefinite duration which was stable, regular and predictable" . In that circumstance the court found Rossato was "was other than a casual employee for the purposes of the FW Act and not a casual FTM under the 2012 EA".
It has been stated that the decision exposes employers to $14.2 billion in backpay claims.
WorkPac are seeking special leave to appeal to the High Court.
However if you are a casual employee, you are going to be more than happy with the decision!
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