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Do you have questions about your rights at work?


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  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-20 23:21:26 +1100
    Hi,

    I’m working as a carwasher at Hoppy’s (Norman Park) since 3 months and I worked every week-ends and public holidays until now. But my hourly rate never changed, even the week ends and during public holidays when I worked.

    Furthermore, can I refuse to have a meal break if I work only 5 hours per day?

    And last question, I have a roster every weeks but sometimes, when the weather is bad, the roster can change every morning, even when I just arrive at work, at 8am for example, and my manager tell me the roster changed and I work finally at 12am, or I’m off finally. Is it possible ?


    Thank you so much.


    Damien
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-20 23:21:25 +1100
    Hi,

    I’m working as a carwasher at Hoppy’s (Norman Park) since 3 months and I worked every week-ends and public holidays until now. But my hourly rate never changed, even the week ends and during public holidays when I worked.

    Furthermore, can I refuse to have a meal break if I work only 5 hours per day?

    And last question, I have a roster every weeks but sometimes, when the weather is bad, the roster can change every morning, even when I just arrive at work, at 8am for example, and my manager tell me the roster changed and I work finally at 12am, or I’m off finally. Is it possible ?


    Thank you so much.


    Damien
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-18 22:21:58 +1100
    I commenced work with my current employer in September 2016 on a negotiated wage. My workplace has an EBA that states that employees are entitled to a 2.5% increase at the first of December each year. I contacted our HR department who have stated that because I am on a negotiated rate of pay, that my wage won’t automatically increase and that I have to formally request a review of my salary. Is this correct?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-14 07:10:41 +1100
    Im in my plumbing apprenticeship and my boss asked me to go get an abn. He said that I’d invoice for my jobs and do my own tax. Is that right? It kinda blew back in my face when he said I’m not going to give you full time work and Let you source your own work. But then never herd from him again but I still went to school and completed my tafe course.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-14 07:00:49 +1100
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-09-29 04:56:08 +1000
    Hi,

    I working in a hotel as a gaming attendant.

    Next week I have neen rostered a shift one night that has me finish at 12:30am and then I start another shift at 10am. Is this legal?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-09-25 18:41:25 +1000
    Good evening

    My name is Byeung Young Park, one of the members of your union, a tiler. I would like to receive some help and support for payments that i did not receive from a company that i have worked for. However, because of the low understanding of english, the company refuses to give my payment of work. Due to this, i am finding it a struggle to pay my expenses. Hence, i am in a desperate need of help to receive my payment. I did not know where else to receive help from.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-09-24 15:07:30 +1000
    1: employer – Buswest (perth wa).

    Background.

    I am currently employed long term casual school bus driver I have been doing the same run for over 2 years 6hr 30min / day. Just recently we had a toolbox meeting at which management stated that as we are all casuals we can take holidays at any time. BUT if we take holidays during the school term then we may not have any work to come back to.

    This has proven to not be just a threat as 2 workers have already been told that there is no work for them when they had returned from holidays.


    Q: Is this legal for them to do this.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-09-04 17:00:19 +1000
    Hi


    My company is Information service company (subscription). I mainly deal with publishers on behalf of libraries. Can you tell me if my company is covered by your union? I’m asking this as the guy from your union I spoke to said it is but the other lay from your union said it’s not covered and I need to go to united services union. Which one is it?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-08-31 11:12:59 +1000
    is my employer allowed to contact my doctor
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-08-28 01:37:15 +1000
    Hi!

    I work for a multi-national retailer. They have recently become publicly listed. However, they have a “company culture” that they do not pay openings and closings. This rule applies to all employees. Full time, managers and casuals alike. I have been told off for paying my casuals the extra 15 to 30 minutes they have had to stay behind to cash up or they have come in to open the store. This is the common practice of the business even though I am sure this is illegal. Upper management simply says that it is the company expectation.


    This company is massive! They own many brands and should know the rules. What can be done?!
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-08-18 20:44:27 +1000
    Currently my job at NAB is on the line. I’m a customer service rep (on the phones) and have been approached multiple times by supervisors about my habits at work. They’ve offered some insights as to what I’m doing wrong but I feel I may be getting targeted and was even explicitly told that I need to seriously re-evaluate whether this is the right job for me. Just wondering as I am under contract what my options are?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-08-17 17:00:50 +1000
    I work as a security supervisor in the shopping center. Im employed as a full time on a salary package. My company has stood me down as i was involved in an incident where i did not do anything wrongm somehow i have been stood down till further investigation. And it has been over 72 hours as per my company collective employee agreement with fair work, i should get pay after 72hours.

    I strongly believe i have not done anything wrong also im not getting paid as i should be as per collective employee agreement of my company with fair work.

    Kindly assist.

    Thank you.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-08-12 23:02:40 +1000
    Hi,

    Im employed as a casual vet nurse and wanted to know what my rights and entitlements are when it comes to taking time off.


    Can my employer reject personal time off (a couple of days) despite giving adequate notice (a month ago)? I put down as N/A for a selected two days a month ago. Today they emailed all employees stating all casual staff now need to have approval for personal time off.


    thank you,

    Andrew
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  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-07-24 15:58:36 +1000
    Dear,

    To follow up on my query from yesterday, I would like to clarify the situation .

    For the past five years I have been employed by compass group as a level 5 cook at Union college , UQ, St Lucia . This is stated Clearly on my contract of employment dated .. signed by me and approved at the time by Compass Human Resource department an audit, it had been decided that my employment level was being re classified, from level5 to 3. In effect, this means that compass can keep me on the same level of pay as the previous year, avoiding having to raise my hourly rate from July 1st.

    I would like to know if Compass can legally reduce my level so suddenly and without notice , when for the past five years I have been on level 5 , which they agreed to in writing when they took over the contract. Also, is it legal for them not to pass on the standard July 1 st pay rise?
    Kind regards,
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-07-24 14:18:13 +1000
    Can anyone tell me the award rate for a casual armed security guard in regional Western Australia, as I am on the same pay rate as a part-timer and less than a full timer, Is there a union that I can join, as the full timer is sometimes only getting 30 hours a week and not being paid for the missed hours
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-07-21 07:42:55 +1000
    HI,

    I am currently working through a Fair Work Costs Claim and in the process of doing this I found that in a contract I signed as part of a whole company re-contracting process that my “annual salary” which was now detailed as inclusive of super, to align with the changes to super law back in 2014, actually lists my salary as some $10K less than it should. Given the behaviour I have experienced in relation to my “Redundancy” I would not be surprised if this error was made to a number of employees (given the national profile). I did raise this in the Fair Work Costs application but have been informed that it is no relevant, but I have not been advised where I should report this or where I can have this contract checked. I did not get time to read the contract in full prior to signing due to a company deadline, as in this re-contracting process I was assured via HR communications that only the super amount would change and the figure for annual salary would change commiserate to the now legal requirement to pay 9.5% super. The award I was previously covered under was also removed without mention – as an apparent correction to my being covered by an award in the first place. I believe that these changes could not have only affected my contract and would appreciate someone taking a look. If my suspicions are correct based on the behaviour I have observed in the company’s and their legal representative’s behaviour n approaching my witnesses I have no doubt the sinister behaviour runs far deeper than how it has affected me. Any assistance would be sincerely welcomed as neither the ATO site nor Super Ombudsman web site are much assistance as to where I should direct my query.

    Regards,

    Natalie
  • test actuonline
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  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-07-20 04:28:13 +1000
    I was employed with landscape company whom I signed a contract of employment ,in contract states weekend overtime applies now on my pay slip it states base salary and hr rate which is above award which on pay slip also has award details ,my question is the past 2 years whenever worked overtime never paid for weekday overtime as was told reasonable hrs during week yet on weekends was only paid at time and half for all hrs worked on three occasions double time was paid yet when I asked the question was told they can decided rate even though no mention of time and half in contract which I assumed this would be paid as per award conditions of double time after first 2 hrs I have totalled hrs which comes to 412 hrs short by half time and wondering where I stand as they say better off overall rule applies which I was never shown prior to signing ,can you please advise
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-07-10 23:22:25 +1000
    My job ceased without my notification while undergoing recovering from mva.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-07-06 09:56:54 +1000
    My boss has asked me to obtain an ABN. As I am technically a ‘contractor’ I work along with another person in private tutoring. He wants to pay me the lump sum weekly for the other person and I so that u can distribute difference to the others. How will I then declare my tax when it comes to tax time? As it would be over the threshold but I’m not technically earning that amount.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-06-29 15:37:41 +1000
    I have been fighting to increase my salary for more than 14 months, to be aligned with the salaries of my colleagues in my team and department. After being denied over three formal reviews and being told my role was benchmarked to industry standard, I was forced to leave my job. That job has now been re advertised at the high rate that I was fighting for. Can i fight this?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-06-27 10:41:35 +1000
    no I donot I just want to know what right are there
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-06-27 10:40:19 +1000
    what are the rights for employees
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-06-20 18:33:24 +1000
    Can I be fired over a medical illness?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-06-20 12:41:36 +1000
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-06-15 16:42:57 +1000
    I am a cleaner in the shopping centre, in a part-time job. I am 36 years old. I clean all floor and toilets, and I work without supervision. I just have to be there and do my job on time. My boss wants my ABN for to do my pay rates. Why does he need my ABN? I work on weekends and public holidays. Do I have the right to receive extra money? Thanks, Maria
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  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-06-13 17:35:43 +1000
    I am a part-time childcare employee in local government. I work 5 days a week. 3 days at 8.50hrs all year round & 2 (half days) at 4hrs & 4hr 45min during school term time. For the last many years I have been paid sick leave, annual leave etc if I have requested time off during school term time on my 2 half days. Suddenly work has introduced new computer software which relies on things being uniform and by default. My employers have informed me that in future I will not be able to access my leave entitlements on those 2 days even if they are during school term time. If I am sick on those two days or need other types of leave during school term time then I will not be paid. In other words if I don’t work on those days then I will not be paid.


    I would like things to stay the way they have been up until now and be able to access leave during school term times.


    Please advise as I don’t know who to turn to with this question.

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