What is Casual Employment?

By Abhishek Kathpal | Updated 26 July, 2022

Not knowing the crucial distinction between temporary and casual employees as an employer might mean the difference between immediate relief and be buried in pointless paperwork and administration.

To fill workforce gaps during periods of high business activity, employers often use the casual employment technique. Employees who work in casual settings may have their job terminated immediately and without cause.

What is Casual Employment

Casual Employment meaning and definition

A casual employee is a person who accepts a job offer from an employer while being aware that there is no solid commitment in advance to continued work with a predetermined pattern of work.

An Employee may be classified as casual if, for instance, their roster is flexible enough to alter each week to meet their employer's demands and they have the option to decline or switch shifts.

A person is a casual employee, according to the Fair Work Act, if and only if:

  1. A job is provided to them

  2. The offer contains no concrete assurance that the work will go on indefinitely with a predetermined schedule.

  3. They become an employee by accepting the offer even though there is no firm commitment in advance.

When does a Casual Employee cease being casual?

Once hired temporarily, a person remains a casual employee until one of the following occurs:

  1. They become full-time workers by converting from temporary positions.

  2. They are receiving and accepting a full- or part-time employment offer.

  3. They renounce your employment with the employer.

How are part-time and full-time employees different from casual employees?

Both full-time and part-time employees have made a commitment to their continued employment in advance. They should anticipate working normal hours each week. In addition, they have a right to paid time off and must provide or accept notice before leaving their job.

An employee is not always permanent just because they follow a regular schedule of labor (full-time or part-time).

About the Author

Abhishek Kathpal

Abhi is the co-founder at Longlist.io. Funded by US based OnDeck, Longlist is currently enabling 50+ businesses to increase their candidate and client reach outs, automating the workflow across stages.