GLENELG Shire Council will appear before the Fair Work Commission on July 3 to defend its actions over an employee stood down without pay after she took sick leave.
The Australian Services Union lodged a dispute with the commission and has called for the female council staff member to be paid for the time she has been off since mid-May. According to union organiser Mark Brady the council challenged the validity of a Worksafe certificate signed by a local medical practitioner to verify the employee had an injury that affected her ability to work.
“We are seeking an order that she be paid for her time off because she has a valid certificate,” Mr Brady told The Standard last week.
The council has engaged Maddocks lawyers to appear at the July 3 hearing before a commissioner in Melbourne.