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Do you have questions about your rights at work?


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  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-02-14 07:18:30 +1100
    I have been at my job for 17months. I never received a contract or job description, after repeatedly asking. The role I do now is completely different to the one that I interviewed for. And they are paying me under a clerical award. Which I’m not sure is correct. Would love to talk to someone about my rights please
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-02-12 18:55:26 +1100
    I have been working as a casual worker at a Cotton On retail store for the past 18 months. I usually get at least 2 shifts a week as I am a full-time university student. However, I recently had to have a surgical procedure on my torso which enabled me to work for 2 weeks which I informed my manager of 3 months prior. I informed my manager the date I could return to work but I have not received any work since as the manager refuses to put me back on the roster. It has almost been a month since I have been able to return to work and I still have not received any shifts from my employer. Is there anything I can do? It seems unfair that I should be denied work after simply being in hospital and unable to work for 2 weeks to be denied work completely.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-02-05 23:09:42 +1100
    Can my employer underpay me if they deem I have taken “too long” on a job
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-01-30 14:40:53 +1100
    I have been employed with a Mantra hotel in Brisbane since July 2017. When I started there I signed a fulltime contract which complied with the award. After one month, a review was held and they made me sign a piece of paper saying that I agreed to receive a salary pay of $46,000. There was no new contract or terms set out with this so I assumed I would still be paid overtime and such. It became clear very quickly that my employer intends for me to work an unlimited amount of overtime each week for the same base weekly wage. Despite raising concerns I have been shut down at every turn and am at a loss for what to do. I am greatful to have a job that provides a guaranteed income and annual leave as I have a 6 month old baby and we need the stability but I also know that I am being taken advantage of. No matter how many times I tell them that this is not okay, my managers have told me that this is what it means to work in hospitality. That you working ridiculously long hours, 10+ hour days and get paid minimum wage. I feel I am being bullied and am not being taken seriously. What can I do to help myself and stop dodgy employers taking advantage of people like me.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-01-29 00:00:54 +1100
    Hi,

    I have a quick question – If a complaint about a staff member has been made, is it managements responsibility to address the issue when the complaint occurs? To avoid the same situation from happening again – without the staff member knowingly doing this.

    Thank you
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-01-25 21:53:46 +1100
    Hi, I was injured in my workplace last December. I had concussion and sprained ankle. Fortunately, Work Cover provided me with the loss of wage.

    After 5 weeks, I returned work with restrictions. I work in a retail and must stand for 8 hours (pre-injury), but I was restricted too 4 hours with 10 minutes rest every hour. However, I can’t stay too long and even if I rested every hour, at the end of the day, my ankle hurts.


    I am thinking of changing from permanent full-time to casual since I think that working 5 days a week does not really help my recovery at workplace. But I am worried that Work Cover will be terminated once I changed to Casual Position. I am also considering to ask my employer if I could work only in the morning so I could do my home rehabilitation in the afternoon, but I worry that my colleagues will not be happy if they keep on doing closing shifts. Please help and advise me.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-01-24 01:10:49 +1100
    Hi there

    After a series of absolutely false allegations, I was in serious stress and I have to go to the doctor for this sad and continuous persecution and the Doctor recommended me to have a week out of the work.

    I understood, this is only an act to push me out of the company and force me to send my resignations as they try to me for the next past two years.

    Today I have not receive paid of my wager.

    Can I sent to my Employer and C/C to the Main Contractor my complain about this issue and may locked the payment (CLAIM) of the company which I work until they pay my wagers as per the Subcontractor Statement DECLARATION (referred to in any of s175B Workers Compensation Act 1987, Schedule 2 Part 5 Payroll Tax Act 2007, and s127 Industrial Relations Act 1996 where the “subcontractor” has employed or engaged workers or subcontractors).

    Thank you for your time.

    Horacio Feller
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-01-23 12:12:57 +1100
    Hi, I recently started work in a resturaunt however I was wondering what the legal requirements are for the time frame on releasing rosters prior to the first shift on the rosters. The job I am currently a casual employee to will release them every Sunday night for the first rostered shift on the next morning. This is less than 24 hours notice. It is often incredibly difficult to get time off if I have an appointment or a reason as to why I can’t be at work. I am forced to find someone else to take my shift and if I can not find someone to take it I have to take the shift and not be able to make it to my appointment. Is this legally allowed?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-01-17 14:50:12 +1100
    I responded to an ad seeking casual grape picking workers posted by a training and staff organisation company. I was told to attend at a certain time to register. It was about 1 hour each direction to get there. When I got there I registered my details, was given some mandatory training and evaluation, then told where to turn up for work the next day, and given a contract with the labour hire company I was to work with and told to fill it out, sign it and hand it in the next day. Am I entitled to be paid for attending the training, and if so, by whom, the training company or the labour hire company?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-01-13 11:09:25 +1100
    A local government employer has: A. Permanent Part time staff. B Part time staff who are inhouse casuals. And C. agency staff that are part time casuals. The agency staff are on a significance lower base rate than inhouse staff. And have lower penalty rates than inhouse staff doing the same work. Is this acceptable?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-01-12 14:21:19 +1100
    The racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia is rife in my new job! I had been correcting people when they make discriminatory comments, but now I have been reprimanded by the CEO for being too quick to correct. I have been asked to tone it down, and I have had zero response from management about correcting their teams. I was given excuses about why they might say racist things in the heat of anger or during debrief.

    What can I do? I am finding it difficult to come to work every day. I am scared that if I take it higher, everyone will know it was me because I am the only one who cares and they’ll make my work life will be unbearable.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-12-31 20:22:23 +1100
    What’s the latest time work can contact a casual employee
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-12-19 21:16:07 +1100
    Hello team , i am working in factory at Melbourne. couple of months ago i have felt down at work and got injured because of that i am not able going at work for the period of 1.5 months. i want to know that am i eligible for any payment for that.This job is causal base.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-12-13 11:19:36 +1100
    I have a muscular disease that sitting down all day aggravates it, my employer refuses to help me with stand up station in spite of having doctor certificate. what are my options?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-12-06 12:44:02 +1100
    Can a casual worker be ‘forced" to work a shift they don’t want to or are unable to?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-12-02 11:13:11 +1100
    Hi Im working casual wages more of 3years to the same company (full time),do i have the same benefits as a permanent wages (sick benefits, holidays etc)? Thanks
  • 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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