What type of employment category for which employee.
To apply the conditions of the modern award to individual employees, you will need to know what classifications and categories they fall under. The term classification applies to the skill levels and duties of the employee, while the category means whether they are full-time, part-time or casual.
Your employees can be hired as full-time, part-time and casual.
Employed on an ongoing basis to work an average of 38 hours per week.
Entitlements include paid annual and personal leave, public holidays, parental leave and in some cases long service leave.(more on full time employment...)
Employed on an ongoing basis to work a regular set of hours, less than 38 hours per week.
Entitled to the same things as a full-time employee but on a pro rata basis (which means that it's based on the number of hours they work). (more on part time employment...)
Doesn't usually have regular hours of work but can be employed to work regular hours.
Engaged and paid for the hours they work.
Receive a higher rate of pay but have less entitlements; for example, casuals don't accrue paid annual leave or paid personal leave.
In some circumstances, casuals are entitled to unpaid leave entitlements such as carer's leave and parental leave.
Long term casuals may be entitled to long service leave.
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Fixed Term Employment
Fixed term employment agreements are used for work confined to the duration of a specific task or project.
The contract operates for the specific period of time specified by the parties. When the agreed end date is reached, the contract will automatically expire without either party needing to terminate it.
more on fixed term employment
Contractor or Sole Trader
Unlike an employee, an independent contractor generally doesn't work regularly for an employer, and can choose whether or not to do a particular job they're offered.
Some employers disguise employment relationships as an independent contracting arrangement to avoid paying legal minimum rates of pay, tax and entitlements, such as annual leave and sick leave. This is called 'sham contracting' and is against the law.
Notification and record-keeping requirements
At the time of hiring, you must tell your new employees whether they are full-time, part-time or casual. This information must be recorded and kept with your employee records.