Fair Work Act 2009

My employer has changed my regular hours of work. What are my legal rights?
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My employer has changed my regular hours of work. What are my legal rights?

If an employer is seeking to change your working hours, they must ensure they are acting within the confines of the law. This includes adhering to contractual obligations, engaging in appropriate consultation and ensuring that the change is not a result of any discriminatory reasons.

I have been pulled into disciplinary meeting whilst on sick leave. Am I required to attend?
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I have been pulled into disciplinary meeting whilst on sick leave. Am I required to attend?

Find out your sick leave entitlements, and when disciplinary actions during sick leave are lawful.

What processes should a company follow before making a redundancy payment to you?
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What processes should a company follow before making a redundancy payment to you?

If you believe your employer has unfairly or unjustly made your position redundant, it may have failed to follow procedural requirements surrounding the redundancy of your position. Your employer is obliged to follow a process prior to making the redundancy package payment.

Do I have a right to know what allegations have been made against me and a right to the investigation results?
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Do I have a right to know what allegations have been made against me and a right to the investigation results?

An employee has a right to procedural fairness during an investigation process into allegations raised against him/her. This means, that the employee has a right to defend themselves against allegations made against them.

Can my employer force me to join a union?
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Can my employer force me to join a union?

Unions play an important role in the workplace by representing the interests of employees during workplace disputes and acting as a bargaining representative during negotiations. However, it is unlawful for your employer to force you to join a union.

I have fallen pregnant again while on maternity leave, am I able to take a further period of leave?
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I have fallen pregnant again while on maternity leave, am I able to take a further period of leave?

It is commonplace for an employee to fall pregnant again while on maternity leave for their first pregnancy. In this case, an employee may request an extension of their maternity leave, depending on how long the original period granted to them was for.

 

Do I have to accept a redundancy if the redeployment options offered are not suitable?
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Do I have to accept a redundancy if the redeployment options offered are not suitable?

In an age where employers are becoming increasingly cost-focussed in the face of economic stagnation and narrowing profit margins, employees are often made redundant in an attempt to save on wage costs.

I have been unfairly treated at work due to my political opinion, what can I do?
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I have been unfairly treated at work due to my political opinion, what can I do?

In the modern era, having the power to freedom of speech is a hot topic. Free speech is considered the most precious of rights and allows a person to communicate ideas and opinions in the form of speaking, writing or printing but can it be abused?

What rights do I have if I’m a high income employee who has been unfairly dismissed?
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What rights do I have if I’m a high income employee who has been unfairly dismissed?

Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), a high income employee is classified as someone whose pro-rata employment salary is equal to or above the high income threshold.

How do I know whether my employer’s decision to make my position redundant is lawful or genuine redundancy?
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How do I know whether my employer’s decision to make my position redundant is lawful or genuine redundancy?

Redundancy is a far more complex concept than most people know. Even judges get it wrong. There is no substitute for sound legal advice but here is a start.

Is my support person allowed to speak or act on my behalf during a disciplinary meeting?
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Is my support person allowed to speak or act on my behalf during a disciplinary meeting?

As an employee you are entitled to have a support person at a disciplinary meeting.  This entitlement also extends to a performance management or investigatory meeting.  In fact, the failure by an employer to allow you to have a support person present may result or add weight in a dismissal in relation to that meeting being deemed unfair due to the lack of procedural fairness.

What can I do if I have been underpaid and I work for a franchise business?
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What can I do if I have been underpaid and I work for a franchise business?

Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (‘Fair Work legislation’) all employers need to comply with the minimum requirements set in the National Employment Standards (‘NES’) and any relevant industrial award.

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