If you are in the Federal (Fair Work) system and your company employs less than 15 employees, an employee cannot make an unfair dismissal claim against you within the first 12 months of their employment. If you have more than 15 employees, the time frame is 6 months. This provides employers with the ability to terminate employees within those initial stages of employment if the employee is not meeting expectations.
If there is mutual agreement between employee and employer, there is no reason why a casual cannot become a part or full time employee. It will be important to ensure that any contracts of employment accurately reflect the change.
Many casual employees will prefer to remain casuals, as they like the higher hourly rate and flexibility. Other will be striving for a more permanent role.
Careful consideration must be had to the extent to which you include a reference in a casual employment contract to a casual converting to a part or full time role. It is always important to ensure that one doesn’t promise something that cannot be delivered.
If you have any concerns about casual employment, feel free to contact us!