Government moves on “double-dipping” casual workers — but changes far from bullet proof

SmartCompany, December 11, 2018

The federal government will recommend regulatory changes to try and prevent casual workers from ‘double-dipping’ on back-pay claims in response to a recent Federal Court ruling.

The government will recommend the Governor-General create a Fair Work regulation to protect against claims from some casuals that they’re entitled to casual loadings and national employment standards entitlements such as annual leave.

However, Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations Kelly O’Dwyer has stopped short of committing to Fair Work Act changes that would clarify the definition of casual work, despite calls from business groups to change the law.

Instead, the government will leave it to the courts to decide whether identifiable casual loading payments can be offset against any back-pay claims for leave and other entitlements. READ MORE: