Recruitment sector says new class of employee is needed but unions say case highlights ‘broken workplace laws’

The peak body for the recruitment sector says there is a need for a new class of worker – a hybrid of a permanent and casual employee – in the wake of a landmark federal court case that found a casual truck driver was entitled to annual leave.

The full federal court of Australia in August ruled in favour of Paul Skene, a Queensland truck driver employed by a labour-hire company as a casual. The court found Skene was not a casual employee under employment law, because of his regular and continuous pattern of work during more than two years.

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