Basic Workers Rights

Everyone's rights at work

The National Employment Standards (usually referred to as the NES) are a set of 10 minimum employment conditions that have to be provided to all part time and full time employees. Your Award or Agreement can’t contain clauses that reduce these standards.  


Full time and part time employees:

  

  • Maximum weekly hours  
  • Request for flexible working arrangements  
  • Paid parental leave  
  • Paid annual leave ·
  • Paid personal and carers leave  
  • Paid community service leave  
  • Long service leave  
  • Public holiday leave, penalty rates, or time in lieu  
  • Notice of termination  
  • Receive a Fair Work Statement when you start working for a new employer    


  

Casual employees: 

   

  • Unpaid carers leave  
  • Unpaid compassionate leave
  • Community service leave  
  • Receive a Fair Work Statement when you start working for a new employer  

If you have been employed as a casual for 12 months & it can be reasonably expected that your employment will continue, you are also entitled to: 


  • Request flexible working arrangements
  • Parental leave