Ask Shaye: RATS time and compensation
I work in aged care. We have been directed by our employer to attend work 15 minutes earlier than our usual starting time, so that we can undergo COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing before each shift. Is this allowed? Should I be paid for this time?
NSW Health currently recom-mends that aged care workers undergo a RAT prior to every shift. If your employer makes this a requirement, to protect residents as well as staff, and you are required to attend work earlier than normal as a result, then you must be compensated for this time by being paid as if it were work time. Your employer should also provide the RATs at no cost to you.