Unions NSW have released the top ten most frequently asked questionsemployees have regarding their rights at work during a pandemic.

The questions include what to say if you’re Covid positive, how to refuseunsafe duties, and how to convert annual leave to sick leave, and are providedwith responses on how to deal with such matters.

Thomas Costa, Unions NSW Assistant Secretary, said it’s a tough conversationstanding up to your boss, but it’s much easier when you know the rules.

“We are so frequently asked the same questions we decided to put all theanswers in the one place so casuals juggling different jobs and time poorstudents can get a quick guide to dealing with difficult situations in realtime.”

The top questions include:

Can I convert annual leave to sick leave?

A. Yes, if you are full time and if you tell your employer as soon aspracticable. You may be asked to provide a doctor’s certificate.

If I’m positive, do I have to work?

A. Your employer can’t force you to work if you are sick or in isolation.

I live with my elderly mother who has covid, do I have to work?

A. You will qualify for carers leave if you are full time. Casuals shouldconsult their union.

Access the full list of questions here.

Tagged: Covid, Unions NSW, Workplace rights

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