Laws that apply to me
The current COVID-19 pandemic threatening not only people’s health but also their livelihoods. An estimated 1 million people are expected to lost their jobs due to the Government’s strict social distancing rules and the shutting down of businesses to ‘flatten the curve’. In an attempt to mitigate the damage workers across the country are facing, the Morrison Government announced a measure called the ‘JobKeeper’ payment. So what does this mean for employees?
I primarily work in Victoria but am employed by an interstate company. What are my employment rights?
The Fair Work Act 2009 is the key legislative instrument regulating employment in Australia. There are, however, certain employment-related matters beyond the scope of the Fair Work Act 2009 that continue to be governed at the State and Territory level.
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.