Laws that apply to me

Do I have to work on a public holiday if my employer requests me to?

Do I have to work on a public holiday if my employer requests me to?

While an employee is not obliged to work on a public holiday an employer may make a reasonable request for an employee to come in. When requesting that an employee work on a public holiday, employers need to consider all relevant circumstances.

What are employee’s rights regarding attending climate strikes?

What are employee’s rights regarding attending climate strikes?

In short, employees do not have the right to unilaterally leave work and attend a climate strike.

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I work for the Victorian Public Sector and my position has just been declared a surplus. What are my rights? Will I be offered a Targeted Separation Package?

The declaration of a surplus of positions to departmental requirements is not to be used by the Department to deal with unsatisfactory performance or conduct, and you should not be unlawfully discriminated against.

What can I claim in a general protections application (not involving dismissal)?

Do I have the same employment rights as an Australian citizen if I am on a Temporary Skills Shortage Visa?

Being on a Temporary Skills Shortage Visa doesn’t afford you any less protection at work compared to an Australian citizen. As long as you have a valid visa, you can refer to rights stipulated under the Migration Act 1958 and the Fair Work Act 2009.

Can I send or take work related information home?

Do Enterprise Agreement votes need to be private?

An employer may request that any employee that is covered by a proposed enterprise agreement, approves the agreement by voting for it. The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) provides that an employer cannot request an employee to vote on an enterprise agreement until the employer has met 3 requirements.

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My employer has decided not to renew my fixed-term contract. Do I have any legal recourse?

There are certain circumstances where employees on a fixed-term contract are entitled to bring forward an unfair dismissal claim. If you feel discriminated against, read on.

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My company has lost a tender for a project I was employed under, am I entitled to a redundancy?

When an employee is hired for the purpose of a particular contract, loss of that contract can often result in loss of job, without redundancy.

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I am dealing with family and domestic violence and it is impacting my ability to effectively function at work. What can I do?

Changes entitling employees to take unpaid family and domestic violence leave are in effect from 1 August 2018.

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What does the Long Service Act 2018 mean for me?

Important changes have come into place under the Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic).

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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.

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Am I able to record conversations with managers / other employees?

Advances in modern technology make it extremely easy to covertly record conversations in the workplace with managers or other employees. The Surveillance Devices Act 1999 (Vic) and other legal precedence set limitations on when recordings can be used to support an employee’s case.

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I have been given a warning letter I do not agree with. Do I have to sign it and how I do contest it?

You are not required to sign a warning letter and you should certainly not do so if you consider the warning to be unjust or unreasonable.

User Guide to the Fair Work Act

This is your best guide to the complex Fair Work Act. It makes navigating the act easy.

Accessing the Law

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Fair Work Act 2009 - protection and compensation

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