Taking a mandatory RAT is work: Huntingdon Gardens Aged Care

It has come to the Union’s attention that management is directing staff to come to work early for a rapid antigen test (RAT) without pay and if staff are late for their shift start time due to waiting for a RAT result, they are having their pay docked.

If you are directed to come early, that is work and you should be paid. If you are required to come 15 minutes prior to your shift, you should be paid for those 15 minutes on top of your ordinary shift hours. It is unlawful for an employer to direct an employee to undertake work without payment.

If this direction has been in place for a while, you can claim back pay.

Contact your local organiser Hyojung Kim at 0458 012 322 if you are impacted by this unlawful direction. Only HSU members are represented. If you are not a member yet, join today at www.hsu.asn.au/join or by calling 1300 478 679.