Resignation: do casuals have to give notice?
Does a long-term casual employee have to give notice of resignation? This question has recently been posed the question by a number of clients.
Generally, there is no requirement for casual employees to provide any notice by the employee or by the employer to the employee. The required period of notice of termination to be given by an employee upon their resignation is determined by the applicable modern award, enterprise agreement or the terms of an individual’s contract of employment.
In the vast majority of cases, most modern awards require an employee to provide the same period of notice as that required by the employer – that is, the appropriate notice required under the National Employment Standards (NES), although there is usually no requirement on an employee to give additional notice based on the age of the employee concerned.
Under the NES, an employer is NOT required to provide a period of notice of termination to a casual employee. This would include a long-term casual employee. As most Awards refer to the minimum notice provisions under the NES, a casual employee is not required to provide a period of notice to an employer upon resignation.
However, in some cases the terms of an individual’s contract of employment may require a period of notice be given by a casual employee, but it is not normally a requirement under an award nor the NES.
In essence, whether it is a long-term casual employee or not, a casual employee is not required to give a period of notice to an employer when resigning from their employment, unless otherwise prescribed in an award, enterprise agreement or the terms of the individual’s contract of employment.