Payslips and Record Keeping

Payslips and accurate record keeping are essential to protecting workers from wage theft. The Fair Work Act 2009 (Section 536) and the Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Reg 3.46) detail the rules around payslips and record keeping. This includes: Keeping a record of hours worked and wages paid Issuing payslips to each employee Recording any leave taken and the…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/payslips-and-record-keeping/

Deductions and Overpayment

Money that is taken out of your pay by your employer before you receive it is known as a deduction. Deductions are only legal if: Both you and your employer agree in writing The Fair Work Commission or a court has ordered the deduction The award that covers your workplace specifically allows for them The…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/deductions-and-overpayment/

Your Rights Working in Heat

Every employer or Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) has a duty of care to “ensure the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace.” This includes ensuring that workers are not exposed to hazardous temperatures. Between 2005 and 2014, 13 workers died in Australia from being exposed to ‘environmental heat’…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/your-rights-working-in-heat/

Our minimum wage has workers living in poverty

About For almost 100 years Australia’s minimum wage was about workers’ standard of living. That’s no longer the case. Today the minimum wage is decided by a panel of ‘experts’ dominated by economists. The result is that the minimum wage has fallen badly behind and no longer protects working families from poverty. The IssuesIn this…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/our-minimum-wage-has-workers-living-in-poverty/

Unpaid Work

All employees are entitled to pay and conditions under the Fair Work Act. In most cases, it is illegal to ask employees to do unpaid work. But there are some circumstances where unpaid work is allowed under the law. This includes: A vocational placement as part of an education or training course Undertaking work placements…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/unpaid-work/

Leave Loading

Leave loading is an extra payment given on top of annual leave pay. Also known as holiday loading or annual leave loading, it is one of the many important leave entitlements Australian workers and their unions have fought for. Paid annual leave is a minimum entitlement for Australian employees but leave loading is not. This means that…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/leave-loading/

Underpayment

Underpayment means being paid less than what you are entitled to. Depending on where you work, this can mean being paid less than you are entitled to under the relevant award or agreement, or less than the national minimum wage. Not paying entitlements such as superannuation or penalty rates is also a form of underpayment. What to do if…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/underpayment/

The ABCC: Too much power over working people

About The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is a Government body intended to bully building, transport and maritime workers. It is trying to silence workers by intimidating them. Some basic rights have been stripped away and workers are threatened with criminal offences. Wages and conditions are being taken away by administrative action. The ABCC is…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/the-abcc-too-much-power-over-working-people/

Our Tax system is broken

About Australia’s wage growth is at a record low, but the Government wants to give a $65 billion dollar tax cut to big business. Big business has too much power, and this is just more special treatment from the Government. Many businesses already thumb their noses at paying their taxes, exploiting loopholes to offshore profits…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/our-tax-system-is-broken/

Sick and Carer’s and Compassionate Leave

Both sick and carer’s leave and compassionate leave allow you to take time off work when you need to – without losing income. Like most of your rights at work, these types of leave became law after the union movement campaigned for them and won. Sick and carer’s leave Sick and carer’s leave, also known…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/sick-and-carers-and-compassionate-leave/