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Know your rights: fast food workers

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Fast food industry workers are entitled to the same right to a safe and healthy work environment as any other Australian worker. With workers often young and inexperienced in the workplace, they may be taken advantage of due to a lack of knowledge around their fast food employee rights. Here’s an explanation of the basic legal rights fast food employees have in the workplace and what to do if those rights are being ignored.  

Fast food employee rights 

Every worker in Australia has basic rights at work, regardless of their visa status or type of employment.  

Fast food workers have a right to a safe workplace, including rights to:  

  • Be shown how to work safely 
  • Appropriate safety equipment 
  • Be consulted about safety in the workplace 

At the same time, fast food workers have the right to actively engage with their employer over safety concerns. This includes the right to:  

  • Speak up about work conditions 
  • Refuse to perform unsafe work 

Beyond safety, fast food workers have rights to: 

Duty of care: fast food employer obligations 

Employers have a responsibility, known as a duty of care, to ensure the safety of their workers in the workplace. This duty involves taking reasonable precautions, including:  

  • Observing legal health and safety requirements 
  • Identifying risks and planning work safely  
  • Investigating hazard reports and taking action 
  • Ensuring workers undertake appropriate safety training 

Sciaccas has a proud history of representing fast food workers. If you need legal advice, contact us to speak with one of our lawyers.  


Advice for QPUE Members

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Sciaccas Lawyers have been offering legal services to members of the Queensland Police Union of Employees (QPUE) for approximately 10 years. The focus of the advices that we have provided relate to the Workcover processes and common law claims for damages arising out of injuries suffered in the course of employment and/or as a result of motor vehicle accidents.

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Is there such thing as a stress claim?

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In the current economic client, many workers’ are finding themselves under increasing pressure from their employers to meet heavier and heavier workloads, whilst at the same time having less resources and support available to do so. It is therefore hardly surprising that workers’ compensation claims involving workplace stress are on the rise. In fact, recent figures published by Safe Work Australia suggest that 95% of workers’ compensation claims for psychiatric injuries, in Australia, involve elements of work related stress.[1] This raises the question of in what particular circumstances a worker’s compensation claim based on workplace stress will be accepted?

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Medical Retirement – What Next?

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In recent years we have seen a significant increase in the number of Police Officers medically retired by the Queensland Police Service (QPS). The majority of those medical retirements have been initiated by the QPS in circumstances where the officer is suffering from symptoms which preclude them returning to first response policing.

Whereas previously officers who were not capable of returning to first response were accommodated within the QPS in alternate roles in recruitment, communications etc these opportunities no longer seem to be available.

Officers should be aware that if they are medically retired they have an entitlement to access Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) benefits pursuant to their QSuper policy.

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