The right employment agreement for the job

Deciding to hire staff on a casual, fixed term or permanent basis will depend on the nature of your business. Knowing the difference and understanding the legal requirements will help you make the right decision. This is often confusing, especially if you want staffing flexibility.

A causal employee is one who “has no guaranteed hours of work, no regular pattern of work, and no ongoing expectation of employment.” (MBIE, 2017). If your ‘casual’ employee is working regular shifts then they probably aren’t casual and you might want to consider a part time, fixed term or permanent agreement.

Note that you can only use fixed term employment agreements when there is a “genuine reason based on reasonable grounds” (MBIE, 2017) so you need to be able to justify this and include it in writing in the employment agreement.

If you want to know more about employment agreements come along to TPP’s Employment Relations class with tutor, Kate Campbell, starting 20 February 2017.