Casual employment (contract) Casual employment is an employment classification under employment law. Contents. Australia. In Australian workplace law whereby an employee is paid at a higher hourly rate (at least 20%) in lieu of having their employment guaranteed, and lacking other usual full-time employment conditions such as sick leave.
A casual employee can change to full-time or part-time employment at any time if the employer and employee both agree to it. Some enterprise agreements, other registered agreements and awards have a process for changing casual employees to full-time or part-time.
Fixed-term employees have the same employment rights and responsibilities as permanent employees, except that their jobs will finish at the end of the fixed term (and sometimes the way in which they receive their annual holiday entitlement may be different).
A probationary period is a stretch of time during which a new or existing employee receives extra supervision and coaching, either to learn a new job or to turn around a performance problem. The probationary period can be as short as a month or as long as a year, depending on the situation.
Shift work is work that takes place on a schedule outside the traditional 9 am – 5 pm day. It can involve evening or night shifts, early morning shifts, and rotating shifts. Many industries rely heavily on shift work, and millions of people work in jobs that require shift schedules.