If you’re in a sweat at work because you’re running a fever, it’s worth getting tested.
But if you’re in a sweat because you’re worried about leaving work due to having Covid-19 symptoms – don’t be. It’s your right.
If your employer demands your return to work before you finish self-isolation, they are in breach not only of Work Health and Safely laws but also Public Health Orders.
The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is there to support you if you are required to isolate due to:
- Testing positive yourself (either via a RAT or PCR test)
- Being a close contact to a positive case
- Caring for a child who has tested positive
- Being a close contact to a carer for a child who has tested positive
The Payment provides up to $750 for seven days of isolation depending on how much work you have lost and if you have less than $10 000 in the bank.
If you are sick, even if your illness isn’t Covid-19 related, you are entitled to stop work.
We know that workplaces can be complicated environments. To learn more about your rights at work, contact your union or the ACTU.
If you are not already a union member, joining your union is the best way to make sure your rights are respected and enforced.
Your employer could actually be fined if they threaten you with loss of work to force you back into the workplace. Even if you’re in the middle of your shift, you can stop work if you are feeling unwell.
It doesn’t matter if you have used up all your personal or sick leave. All workers are entitled to leave work when ill. Your health comes first.
As per public health orders in QLD and NSW from 10 January 2022, you can go back to work but only if you are asymptomatic. Please contact your union for the latest advice in your area.