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Can I accrue annual leave entitlements while receiving worker’s compensation payments?
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Can I accrue annual leave entitlements while receiving worker’s compensation payments?

In short, the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) prevents an employee from taking or accruing any leave during a compensation period. Read on for exceptions to this law.

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

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.

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

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.

Can my employer force me to take annual leave over the Christmas holidays?
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Can my employer force me to take annual leave over the Christmas holidays?

With over a quarter of Australian workers forced to take annual leave over the Christmas holidays when business is slow or shut down, it is critical that employees understand their rights in relation to mandated leave.

The general rule is that employers are entitled to direct employees to take annual leave where the request is reasonable. This includes situations where:

  • the employee has accrued excessive annual leave; or
  • the employer’s operations are temporarily shut down.
Am I entitled to be paid out my owed time in lieu upon being made redundant?
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Am I entitled to be paid out my owed time in lieu upon being made redundant?

Being made redundant can be an incredibly stressful time for any employee.  With all the upheaval, it can be unclear what rights you have available to you as an employee. While the process of seeing through a redundancy can be quite complex, it is important to understand what you are entitled to in order to ensure you receive what you are duly owed.

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.

Am I entitled to an Annual Pay Rise?
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Am I entitled to an Annual Pay Rise?

In Australia, it is most common that an employer will have absolute discretion to decide whether an employee is entitled to receive a bonus or pay rise.

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.

My employer has installed CCTV cameras in the office without my knowledge. Is this a breach of privacy?
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My employer has installed CCTV cameras in the office without my knowledge. Is this a breach of privacy?

Pursuant to Part 2A of the Surveillance Devices Act 1999 (Vic), it is an offence for an employer to use an optical device to carry out surveillance of the conversations or activities of employees in the workplace bathrooms or change rooms. An ‘optical surveillance device’ means any device capable of being used to record visually or observe an activity and CCTV cameras are caught under the act.

I have been bullied at work but I am employed by an agency, do I have legal rights?
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I have been bullied at work but I am employed by an agency, do I have legal rights?

You are classified as a labour hire employee if you have an employment contract with an agency but you are assigned to perform work for another organisation (the host). In recent years, the use of labour hire employees has grown significantly and businesses now routinely look to agencies to provide their ongoing labour needs.

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