渴睡症: 了解您的工作場所權利 -澳洲

What rights do people with idiopathic narcolepsy and narcolepsy have in the workplace. For more information, please contact the FairWork Ombudsman .

Every worker in Australia must be given a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement (FWIS) when starting a new job. FWIS makes it easier to understand your minimum rights in the workplace.

FWIS makes it easier to understand your minimum rights in the workplace.

You can view and download a copy of it here. Information about FWIS can be found here

There is a section in the FWIS titled "Flexibility" which explains that employees who have been employed for 12 months are eligible to apply for flexible work arrangements if:

  • The employee is a parent or has the responsibility to care for a child of school age or younger
  • The employee is a carer (within the meaning of the Carers Recognition Act 2010)
  • The employee has a disability
  • Employee age is 55 years or above
  • The employee experiences violence from a member of the employee’s family, or
  • An employee provides care or support to an immediate family member or household member who requires care or support as a result of domestic violence.

For example, if you have a disability and have been working for at least 12 months, you can make a written request for flexible working arrangements. Your employer must respond in writing within 21 days. They can only deny your request on "reasonable business grounds". You can find more information about this, including examples of "reasonable business reasons" here .

Do you have a disability?

Employers should select the person best suited for the job, regardless of whether that person has a disability. They should make this decision based on a person's ability to perform the essential activities of the job. They should not make assumptions about what a person can or cannot do because of a disability.

Employers must provide equal employment opportunities to everyone. This means that if a person with a disability is able to perform the essential activities, or “inherent requirements,” of a job, he or she should have the same opportunity as anyone else to perform the job. For example, one of the basic activities or "inherent requirements" of social workers is the ability to communicate and work with clients. This is not an "inherent requirement" for driving a car. Read more here.

For more information, visit the Australian Human Rights Commission's brief guide to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth), with links to state and territory agencies at the end of the page.

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