PR708135 - Variation - 09 May 2019

MA000075  PR708135
FAIR WORK COMMISSION

DETERMINATION


Fair Work Act 2009

s.156 - 4 yearly review of modern awards

4 yearly review of modern awards –Part-time and Casual Employment
(AM2014/196 and AM2014/197)

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES (POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION) AWARD 2010
[MA000075]

Educational services

VICE PRESIDENT HATCHER
SENIOR DEPUTY PRESIDENT HAMBERGER
DEPUTY PRESIDENT KOVACIC
DEPUTY PRESIDENT BULL

SYDNEY,9 MAY 2019

4 yearly review of modern awards –common issues - part time employment and casual employment –casual conversion –Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award 2010.

A. Further to the Full Bench decisions issued by the Fair Work Commission on 2 April 2019 [2019] FWCFB 2108 and on 9 August 2018 [2018] FWCFB 4695,the above award is varied as follows:

1. By inserting clause 10.8 as follows:

10.8 Right to request casual conversion (non-teaching staff members)

This clause applies to employees other than teaching staff members.

(a) A person engaged by a particular employer as a regular casual employee may request that their employment be converted to full-time or part-time employment.

(b) A regular casual employee is a casual employee who has in the preceding period of 12 months worked a pattern of hours on an ongoing basis which,without significant adjustment,the employee could continue to perform as a full-time employee or part-time employee under the provisions of this award.

(c) A regular casual employee who has worked equivalent full-time hours over the preceding period of 12 months’casual employment may request to have their employment converted to full-time employment.

(d) A regular casual employee who has worked less than equivalent full-time hours over the preceding period of 12 months’casual employment may request to have their employment converted to part-time employment consistent with the pattern of hours previously worked.

(e) Any request under this subclause must be in writing and provided to the employer.

(f) Where a regular casual employee seeks to convert to full-time or part-time employment,the employer may agree to or refuse the request,but the request may only be refused on reasonable grounds and after there has been consultation with the employee.

(g) Reasonable grounds for refusal include that:

(i) it would require a significant adjustment to the casual employee’s hours of work in order for the employee to be engaged as a full-time or part-time employee in accordance with the provisions of this award –that is,the casual employee is not truly a regular casual employee as defined in paragraph (b);

(ii) it is known or reasonably foreseeable that the regular casual employee’s position will cease to exist within the next 12 months;

(iii) it is known or reasonably foreseeable that the hours of work which the regular casual employee is required to perform will be significantly reduced in the next 12 months;or

(iv) it is known or reasonably foreseeable that there will be a significant change in the days and/or times at which the employee’s hours of work are required to be performed in the next 12 months which cannot be accommodated within the days and/or hours during which the employee is available to work.

(h) For any ground of refusal to be reasonable,it must be based on facts which are known or reasonably foreseeable.

(i) Where the employer refuses a regular casual employee’s request to convert,the employer must provide the casual employee with the employer’s reasons for refusal in writing within 21 days of the request being made. If the employee does not accept the employer’s refusal,this will constitute a dispute that will be dealt with under the dispute resolution procedure in clause 9. Under that procedure,the employee or the employer may refer the matter to the Fair Work Commission if the dispute cannot be resolved at the workplace level.

(j) Where it is agreed that a casual employee will have their employment converted to fulltime or part-time employment as provided for in this clause,the employer and employee must discuss and record in writing:

(i) the form of employment to which the employee will convert –that is,full-time or part-time employment;and

(ii) if it is agreed that the employee will become a part-time employee,the matters referred to in clause 10.3(b).

(k) The conversion will take effect from the start of the next pay cycle following such agreement being reached unless otherwise agreed.

(l) Once a casual employee has converted to full-time or part-time employment,the employee may only revert to casual employment with the written agreement of the employer.

(m) A casual employee must not be engaged and re-engaged (which includes a refusal to reengage),or have their hours reduced or varied,in order to avoid any right or obligation under this clause.

(n) Nothing in this clause obliges a regular casual employee to convert to full-time or part-time employment,nor permits an employer to require a regular casual employee to so convert.

(o) Nothing in this clause requires an employer to increase the hours of a regular casual employee seeking conversion to full-time or part-time employment.

(p) An employer must provide a casual employee,whether a regular casual employee or not,with a copy of the provisions of this subclause within the first 12 months of the employee’s first engagement to perform work. In respect of casual employees already employed as at 9 May 2019,an employer must provide such employees with a copy of the provisions of this subclause by 9 August 2019.

(q) A casual employee’s right to request to convert is not affected if the employer fails to comply with the notice requirements in paragraph (p).

2. By inserting clause 10.9 as follows:

10.9 Right to request casual conversion (teaching staff members)

This clause applies only to teaching staff members.

(a) A person engaged by a particular employer as a regular casual employee may request that their employment be converted to full-time employment,part-time employment or sessional employment.

(b) A regular casual employee is a casual employee who has in the preceding period of 12 months worked a pattern of hours on an ongoing basis which,without significant adjustment,the employee could continue to perform as a full-time employee,part-time employee or sessional employee under the provisions of this award.

(c) A regular casual employee who has worked equivalent full-time hours over the preceding period of 12 months’casual employment may request to have their employment converted to full-time employment or sessional employment on a full time basis.

(d) A regular casual employee who has worked less than equivalent full-time hours over the preceding period of 12 months’casual employment may request to have their employment converted to part-time employment or sessional employment on a part time basis consistent with the pattern of hours previously worked.

(e) Any request under this subclause must be in writing and provided to the employer.

(f) Where a regular casual employee seeks to convert to full-time,part-time or sessional employment,the employer may agree to or refuse the request,but the request may only be refused on reasonable grounds and after there has been consultation with the employee.

(g) Reasonable grounds for refusal include:

(i) that it would require a significant adjustment to the casual employee’s hours of work in order for the employee to be engaged as a full-time,part-time or sessional employee in accordance with the provisions of this award –that is,the casual employee is not truly a regular casual employee as defined in paragraph (b);

(ii) (except in the case of a request to convert to sessional employment) that it is known or reasonably foreseeable that the regular casual employee’s position will cease to exist within the next 12 months;

(iii) (except in the case of a request to convert to sessional employment) that it is known or reasonably foreseeable that the hours of work which the regular casual employee is required to perform will be significantly reduced in the next 12 months;or

(iv) it is known or reasonably foreseeable that there will be a significant change in the days and/or times at which the employee’s hours of work are required to be performed in the next 12 months which cannot be accommodated within the days and/or hours during which the employee is available to work.

(h) For any ground of refusal to be reasonable,it must be based on facts which are known or reasonably foreseeable.

(i) Where the employer refuses a regular casual employee’s request to convert,the employer must provide the casual employee with the employer’s reasons for refusal in writing within 21 days of the request being made. If the employee does not accept the employer’s refusal,this will constitute a dispute that will be dealt with under the dispute resolution procedure in clause 9. Under that procedure,the employee or the employer may refer the matter to the Fair Work Commission if the dispute cannot be resolved at the workplace level.

(j) Where it is agreed that a casual employee will have their employment converted to fulltime,part-time or sessional employment as provided for in this clause,the employer and employee must discuss and record in writing:

(i) the form of employment to which the employee will convert –that is,full-time or part-time employment or sessional employment on a full time or part-time basis;and

(ii) if it is agreed that the employee will become a part-time employee,the matters referred to in clause 10.3(b).

(k) The conversion will take effect from the start of the next pay cycle following such agreement being reached unless otherwise agreed.

(l) Once a casual employee has converted to full-time or part-time employment,the employee may only revert to casual employment with the written agreement of the employer.

(m) A casual employee must not be engaged and re-engaged (which includes a refusal to reengage),or have their hours reduced or varied,in order to avoid any right or obligation under this clause.

(n) Nothing in this clause obliges a regular casual employee to convert to full-time or part-time employment,nor permits an employer to require a regular casual employee to so convert.

(o) Nothing in this clause requires an employer to increase the hours of a regular casual employee seeking conversion to full-time or part-time employment.

(p) An employer must provide a casual employee,whether a regular casual employee or not,with a copy of the provisions of this subclause within the first 12 months of the employee’s first engagement to perform work. In respect of casual employees already employed as at 9 May 2019,an employer must provide such employees with a copy of the provisions of this subclause by 9 August 2019.

(q) A casual employee’s right to request to convert is not affected if the employer fails to comply with the notice requirements in paragraph (p).

3. By updating the table of contents and cross-references accordingly.

B. This determination comes into operation from 9 May 2019. In accordance with s.165(3) of the Fair Work Act 2009 this determination does not take effect until the start of the first full pay period that starts on or after the date of the operation.

VICE PRESIDENT

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PR708135
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PR708135 - Variation - 09 May 2019
Effective:
9 May 2019
Updated:
15 May 2019
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