Employment Law For Employees
Many workers, particularly those who are not members of a union, do not know their workplace rights. It often isn't until some event at work that is really out of the ordinary, such as being demoted, suspended, sacked or blatantly discriminated against that many employees take the first steps in finding out about their rights. Many people do not even know what award they are covered by. Do you? Even if you work under a collective agreement or individual contract you will probably still be covered by an award, even if it doesn't 'apply' at your workplace. The only employees who are generally award free are certain professionals and upper managers.
The Fair Work Act contains a number of protections for employees. The principal protections relate to either workplace rights or engaging in industrial activities. They are called 'general protections' and are designed to safeguard against discriminatory or wrongful treatment. An adverse action occurs when a workplace right has been breached. A workplace right is an entitlement under a law, an agreement or an award. It is illegal for an employer to take any adverse action against a worker (or a prospective worker) because of factors such as race, colour, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, age, disability (physical or mental), marital status, family or carer's responsibilities, political affiliation or opinion.
How can Weblegal assist?
We provide a number of legal employment services including, but not limited to:
- Contract drafting and negotiation, including bonuses and incentives
- Employment - rights and responsibilities
- Enterprise Agreements - negotiating, bargaining and representing
- Awards - rights and responsibilities
- Bullying, harassment and discrimination
- Termination of Employment - unfair and unlawful dismissal
- Adverse Action
- Restraint of Trade
- Breach of Contract
- Action against misrepresentations to induce a contractual relationship
Weblegal can assist. Contact us if you would like to arrange a free consultation with no obligations. We can come to you.