Workplace right

A workplace right is generally a right or a benefit that you have under a workplace law, such as the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), or an award or industrial agreement.

For example, a permanent employee has a workplace right to take personal/carer’s leave. Another example of a workplace right could be the right to make a workers’ compensation claim if you get injured at work. Another workplace right is the ability to make a complaint or inquiry in relation to your employment.

The exact legal definition of “workplace right” is found in section 341 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

If you are a national system employee and your employer takes adverse action against you because of your workplace right, you may be able to make a general protections claim.