QLD Can I be Demoted without Pay under Employment Law?

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New Member
21 July 2015
I'm a full-time (6.5 years) employee of an earthmoving company in Queensland, currently working under a Greenfields Agreement. Can I be stood down/demoted without pay due to the industry slow down under employment law?


Well-Known Member
10 February 2015
Hi there,

The Fair Work Commission reviews EAs and Greenfield Agreements before they come into operation to make sure they don't contain any unlawful content.
Usually employees cannot be stood down unless there is an event out of the employee's control and even then it is temporary. The sort of events I am referring to are unforeseen and unpreventable equipment break down, industrial action and natural disasters.
However, you should start by reading the Greenfield Agreement to see what it says about stand downs and demotions because that will be your source of rights.