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Seasonal WorkersNovember 29, 2018
The Christmas and New Year period is a typically busy time in the hospitality and retail industry, meaning many small business owners may turn to casual employees to bolster their workforce and fill specific jobs.
There are a few options available for businesses to consider depending on the individual requirements of the role. It is important for businesses to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of each option in order to set the business up for success during this period. Each option is explored in further detail below.
During busy seasons, engaging employees on a casual basis will usually provide employers with the most flexibility in relation to fulfilling their resource requirements. Due to the nature of casual employment, casual employees generally have no guarantee of hours and can be called upon as required by the Employer.
Engaging an employee for a fixed-term period (e.g. Christmas holiday period) may provide employers with a more cost efficient option (lower hourly rate than casuals) and attract a larger pool of potential employees due to the guarantee of hours over for a fixed period of time.
Employees may be engaged on a full-time or part-time basis under this option. Additionally employees engaged on a fixed-term basis are generally excluded from access to unfair dismissal, provided their employment is terminated at the end of the specified period.
Whichever option is most suitable for your business, it is important that the type of engagement is clearly documented in writing between both parties. Failing to clearly document the type of engagement in an employment contact could expose the business to potential claims.
If you would like any further advice on recruitment options during the busy Christmas holiday period please call our advice line on 1300 651 415.