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Workplace Rights & Entitlements

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Assisting employers and employees understand employment law

Depending on the nature of the work and role being performed, it can be difficult for employers and employees to properly navigate and understand the workplace relations system and employment law. A lawyer can help both employers and employees understand employment law so they are able to make positive decisions whether it be regarding managing employees or reporting to an employer.

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Helping employers understand their employees’ entitlements

As an employer, it is imperative to understand the entitlements and rights of your employees. Our experienced team of lawyers can assist employers navigate and correctly identify the appropriate workplace rights and entitlements of their employees across a range of industries and professional settings.

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Ensuring employees are knowledgeable on their entitlements

As an employee, you must be knowledgeable on your rights and entitlements so you are able to determine if you are not receiving them. We can educate you on what you are legally entitled to in the workplace before you even begin employment so you can feel confident that you will be able to spot an issue if one arises.

Preventing issues arising down the track

If an employer or an employee does not understand their rights and entitlements, adverse outcomes may occur in the future. Our experienced lawyers provide skilled advice and assistance to employers and employees, ensuring they are educated to avoid the penalties that may arise from getting workplace rights and entitlements wrong.

Frequently asked questions

When you, as an employer, hire a new employee, it is your responsibility to ensure they have been provided with all of their appropriate entitlements. Unofficial agreements regarding entitlements is not adequate and cannot overturn the legal requirement you have to provide entitlements.
An employee is lawfully entitled to:

- Full and correct wages for the governing award, legislation or enterprise bargaining agreement they are operating under;
- Full personal and annual leave entitlements;
- Fill superannuation contributions; and
- Unpaid leave entitlements.
Enterprise bargaining involves the negotiation between an employer, employees and their respective bargaining representative in order to create an enterprise agreement. An enterprise agreement is made between employers, employees and their union regarding conditions of employment.
The Fair Work Act 2009 is the piece of legislation in Australia that governs workplaces. It is the foundation to the standards and regulations required for Australian workplaces, such as protection of rights and entitlements.
The main role of the Fair Work Ombudsman is to educate Australians and enforce Australian workplace laws to promote harmonious, supportive and productive workplace relationships.
An employee can take sick leave (also known as personal or carer’s leave) if they require time off work to help them deal with an illness, to care for another individual or to deal with family emergencies. There can be both paid and unpaid sick leave.
There are many types of leave you can take as an employee. These include:

- Sick leave. You can take time off work if you are unwell of if you need to care for someone else or you need to deal with a family emergency.
- Family and domestic violence leave. You are entitled to five days unpaid family and domestic violence leave annually.
- Annual leave. This allows an employee to have time off work and be paid for it.
- Compassionate and bereavement leave. You are entitled to take leave from work if someone from your immediate family or household passes away or develops a life-threatening injury or illness.
- Community leave. You can take leave for activities such as voluntary emergency management activities and jury duty.
- Long service leave. You can take time off after a long period of time working for the same employer.
- Maternity and paternity leave. You can take maternity or paternity leave when a child is born or adopted.

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We will be honest with you about your prospects of success, issues that arise or the commercial viability of your matter. The first time you come to see us, we will tell you whether you even need a lawyer.

We will respect you and your situation

Our job is not to judge anything you may have done. Our job is to guide your matter and actions moving forward to give you the best possible outcome for you, both legally and personally.

We will listen and understand your needs

We will hear not just what you want to achieve, but why you want to achieve it. We will tell you what you need to do to achieve the outcome you are after, legally, practically and emotionally.

We will stand by you all the way

Your matter doesn’t finish once a court order has been made. We will stay on your matter right up until all of the outstanding issues have been dealt with and the court orders are complied with.

We can help you through all aspects of employment law

Forge Legal’s employment lawyers are specialists in all areas of employment law and can assist you with all employment law matters.

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