Seminar: When a casual relationship becomes a permanent headache

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Event Details

11 February 2019 at 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Monash Conference Centre, Level 7, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Business Law and Taxation


You are invited to attend a free seminar and networking event, hosted by Monash Business School titled: When a casual relationship becomes a permanent headache, presented by Professor Andrew Stewart, University of Adelaide.

The Federal Court’s ruling in Skene v Workpac has highlighted the potential for the many Australians who work as regular or long-term casuals to have a dual status for the purpose of labour regulation. They may have been properly engaged and treated as casuals for the purposes of an award or enterprise agreement, yet not be a ‘true’ casual for other purposes – such as the exclusion from any entitlement to annual leave or redundancy pay. If so, they may be entitled to the very benefits for which the casual loading they should be receiving is meant to compensate.

This is not a new problem, but the Skene ruling, combined with a determined push from the union movement to tackle insecurity at work, means that it may no longer be possible to wish it away. If the issue is going to be properly addressed, however, any lasting and workable reform will need to navigate a policy minefield – including the understandable desire of many workers to prefer higher take-home pay to contingent benefits they may never access. Professor Andrew Stewart will explain the problems and set out some possible ways forward.

Andrew Stewart is the John Bray Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide and a legal consultant to the law firm Piper Alderman. He is an editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law and co-director of the Adelaide Law School’s Work and Employment Regulation research group.

Networking drinks:7.30pm

We hope to see you there, please contact the events team for all enquiries.

Monash Business School