If anyone's been told they can’t take carers leave to look after a child or family member it isn’t true – by definition ‘carers leave’ exists so a worker can have time off to care for a loved one, and nowhere in the staff agreement does it say members aren't entitled to carers leave for their children, in fact, Clause 26 Personal/Carers leave states:
(e) An Employee, other than a casual employee, with responsibilities in relation to a member of their immediate family or household, who needs the employee’s care or support, shall be entitled to use, in accordance with the subclause, any current or accrued personal leave entitlements, for absences to provide care or support for such persons when they are ill/injured or in the case of unexpected emergency. Such leave may be taken for part of a single day
(g) The entitlement to use personal leave in accordance with the subclause is subject to:
(i) The employee being responsible for the care or support of the person concerned; and
(ii) The person concerned being a member of the employee’s immediate family or household
There have also been concerns about how late people have been receiving rosters – getting a roster on a Thursday that starts that following Monday is simply not acceptable!
So, if any member is told something by their employer that doesn’t sit well, or seems like incorrect information, please contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help put things straight.