Workpac decision a concern for business

Last week (on 21 May), the Federal Court handed down a decision that could have consequences for many businesses already facing uncertain times due to the impacts of COVID and bushfires. The decision means that casuals may be classed as part-time employees and therefore awarded back-payment for entitlements such as leave, whilst also retaining the 25% loading designed to compensate for not accruing those entitlements. Our national body, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), is urging an appeal to the High Court of Australia for the decision to be overturned. Read ACCI’s media release.