Your rights under the Fair Work Act 2009
Everyone working in Australia (including temporary visa holder) is entitled to basic rights and protections in the workplace.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is responsible for ensuring employers are meeting the legal requirements of Australian workplace laws, specifically the Fair Work Act 2009, including the National Employment Standards (NES). National Employment Standards
The NES ensure that you have certain minimum conditions of employment. These minimum conditions cannot be reduced.
There are 10 minimum workplace entitlements under the NES:
1. A maximum standard working week of 38 hours for full-time employees, plus ‘reasonable’ additional hours;
2. A right to request flexible working arrangements to care for a child under school age, or a child under the age of 18 with a disability;
3. Parental and adoption leave of 12 months (unpaid), with a right to request an additional 12 months;
4. Four weeks paid annual leave each year plus an additional week for certain shift workers (pro rata for part-time employees); 5. Ten days paid personal / carer’s leave each year (pro rata for part-time employees), two days paid compassionate leave for each permissible occasion, and two days unpaid carer’s leave for each permissible occasion;
6. Community service leave for jury service or activities dealing with certain emergencies or natural disasters. This leave is unpaid, except for jury service which is paid for up to 10 days;
7. Long service leave;
8. A paid day off for public holidays, except where reasonably required to work;
9. Notice of termination and redundancy pay; and
10. The right for new employees to receive the Fair Work Information Statement.
For any further query or information, please contact Wickham Lawyers at 07 3831 9025