CORONAVIRUS COVID 19 - Your rights at work

Published: 18 Mar 2020

The CFMEU Manufacturing Division has prepared a leaflet that contains vital information about your rights at work in regards to the unprecedented Coronavirus/COVID19 crisis. 

This information leaflet covers the following topics:
  • Where do I look to find out my work rights?
  • What does my employer need to do?
  • Can I refuse to work?
  • I'm sick and I've been directed to stay home. Is this legal?
  • What if I'm stuck overseas due to a travel ban or required by the government to quarantine or self-isolate?
  • I'm not sick but I've been directed to self-isolate or work from home. Is this legal?
  • I'm not sick with COVID-19 and do not meet the criteria for quarantine, but I would prefer to stay home.
  • How much sick leave do I have?
  • Schools and childcare may be closed for an extended period and I need to care for my children.
  • Do I have to use my annual leave or long service leave?
  • I’m a casual employee. What am I entitled to?
  • I’m being treated unfairly because my employer suspects that I have COVID-19
  • Can I get workers' compensation benefits if I’m sick?

You can download the leaflet here

Furthermore the ACTU are running a petition demanding that the government guarantee paid special leave for all workers, please sign the petition here

If you have any questions or require assistance from the union please contact us on 1800 060 556 or by email here



Authorised by Michael O'Connor, National Secretary,165 Bouverie Street Carlton 3053