Casuals could be entitled to payments they don’t get now

It would be great for the precariat but a big hit for uni budgets

Back in May the Federal Court found a casual employee whose work was of “indefinite duration” and “stable, regular and predictable” was not a casual, at least in terms of workplace entitlements.

This may not stand, there is talk of an appeal but the Australian Securities and Investments Commission has advised companies to calculate annual leave and redundancy pay for current and former staff employed as casuals but who worked regular and predictable shifts or hours.

None of this applies to universities now but some advisors and interest groups are keeping watch.

In CMM this morning Garry Carnegie (RMIT) and James Guthrie (Macquarie U) consider what it all could mean for universities.