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COVID-19: Your Rights At Work

This is a really stressful time for so many young workers. COVID-19 is impacting everyone’s workplace and ability to earn a wage massively. We spoke on Triple J Hack, have produced videos and compiled these resources to answer commonly asked questions.

Q. What responsibility does my employer have to keep me safe at work?

Q. What rights do I have as a casual?

Q: What are my rights if I lose my job?

Q: Can my employer stand me down?

Q. If we have to be quarantine or isolated, can my boss force me to take annual leave to cover it?

Q: Can my boss reduce my hours?

Q: What rights do I have as an apprentice?

Q. What rights do I have as a gig economy worker?

Q: My boss is trying to change my hours, and they’ve called a meeting for this afternoon, where they say we have to agree.  Can I stop it?

Q: I’ve been fired.  My boss says it’s because of COVID-19 but I don’t think that’s true.  What can I do?

Q: What are my rights in relation to the JobKeeper wage subsidy?

Q: What do I do if my boss isn't following Covid-19 safety measures? 

Q: Do I have to get a vaccine to attend my workplace? 

In most circumstances you've got to speak to your employer. 

It’s a lot easier to do that if you and workmates speak to your employer together and with the backing of a union.

It’s never been a more important time to be a union member. COVID-19 is a new situation and our industrial and employment laws don’t deal with it, but having the support of a union sets you and your workmates up to navigate complex issues like this.

Have more questions?

The situation is ever-changing and you don’t need to navigate it alone. If you have more questions, call your union or you can call us at the Young Workers Centre on 1800 714 754.