COVID-19: Employment

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many businesses and employees. Legal Aid WA can help you if you’ve lost your job or if you’re unsure about your workplace entitlements. 

The time period to make a claim may be as short as 21 days. If you’ve been dismissed, it is important to get legal advice as soon as possible.

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What help can Legal Aid WA give me about employment law?

We can advise you about your JobKeeper eligibility and other employment law issues, including what to do if you’ve been:

  • dismissed, made redundant or stood down
  • forced to take annual leave or unpaid leave, or
  • asked to work reduced hours or take a pay cut.

We can advise you if you think you’ve been discriminated against due to:

  • pregnancy
  • family responsibilities
  • your race, sex, sexual orientation or for other reasons, or
  • making a complaint about your workplace rights, sexual harassment, or workplace safety.

What should I do if I think I may have a claim against my employer?

The time period to make a claim may be as short as 21 days. If you’ve been dismissed, it is important to get legal advice as soon as possible. Before getting legal advice, call Wageline or the Fair Work Ombudsman to find out whether:

  • your case is in the federal system or state system, and
  • you are covered by an Award or Enterprise Agreement.

It’s important to make sure you have copies of  your employment documents such as your employment contract, warning letters and a dismissal letter. All this information helps your lawyer to give you the right legal advice for your situation.

How can I get help with my employment law issue?

We are here to assist with fair outcomes for all Western Australian workers. For legal advice on employment law issues, call our Infoline or contact us online through InfoChat.

When you first contact us, a paralegal may take all of your details before making an appointment with a lawyer. If your case is considered urgent, an appointment will be made for you as soon as possible.

Our lawyers generally only provide you with legal advice to help you to represent yourself if want to take your matter further. 

 

More information

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

 

Reviewed: 23 July 2020



 

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