Know your rights to Personal Leave

Virgin Australia has recently updated its Personal Leave Procedure. Personal Leave is a fundamental entitlement that safeguards your well-being, and it's vital to understand how these changes might affect you. While the Airline has the right to update its Procedure, it's important to read and understand your legally enforceable entitlements outlined in the Enterprise Agreement.

Personal Leave is more than just a benefit; it's a lifeline for your health and recovery. It provides you the time needed to address your medical needs, fully recover from illness or injury, and prioritise your overall well-being. It also plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy work environment by preventing the spread of contagious illnesses.

It also ensures access to carer's leave, allowing you to support your loved ones.

Employment and health laws can be complex and challenging to navigate alone. If you are approached to discuss your Personal Leave when you return to work, keep these key points in mind:
  1. Seek Advice: TSU is here to support you. Your obligations in these circumstances depend on the specific situation. If you are unsure about your rights or obligations, seek advice from our experts. Don't hesitate to reach out; we are here to protect your rights.
  2. Privacy Matters:  Your privacy regarding health matters is a fundamental right, and it's essential to recognise and protect it. You have a right to privacy concerning your health. Virgin Australia may initiate discussions following your return. However, you are not obliged to disclose the intimate details of your illness or injury or those of the individuals you care for.
  3. Workplace Adjustments: If you believe adjustments are necessary to ensure you are fully supported in the workplace, it's important to seek advice before sharing personal information.
Your health, privacy, and rights are of paramount importance. We strongly encourage you to familiarise yourself with your entitlements under the Enterprise Agreement and remember that you are not alone in dealing with these complex issues. When in doubt, seek advice and err on the side of caution.

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Jessica Daniels Organiser 0487 777 396

Above: The ASU is the union fighting for workers at Virgin Australia.