During the outbreak of coronavirus, employees' work arrangements may change for several different reasons. This may mean more people working from home and changes to rosters and hours of work.
Where an employer decides to make changes to the organisation or structure of a business in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus and these changes are likely to have a significant effect on an employee – for example, significantly decreasing or increasing the employee’s working hours – the employer must first hold discussions with the employee and consult with all employees who may be affected by the decision. If an employee nominates a union to represent them, that union must also be notified and consulted.
Important: it is unlawful to alter an employees work arrangements for discriminatory reasons or reasons that include discriminatory grounds.