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Do you have questions about your rights at work?

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  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-04-18 22:01:59 +1000
    I was working full time for three years and was put on casual and was kinda force tor resign as i had no choice and could live on one day work every two or three weeks. For the past month and half i have been struggling to find work and not being paid
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-04-17 10:31:08 +1000
    Can my employer not pay me for not working on a public holiday when my normal working days fall on public holidays?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-03-31 22:35:28 +1100
    scum sucking arse holes destroying small business!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-03-23 21:51:12 +1100
    I am currently covered under an Enterprise Agreement (EA) that is due to expire on 30 Jun 2018 and my employer has commenced bargaining for the next EA. The employer is proposing to remove my classification from the new (proposed) EA. I thought that a change in scope to the EA is subject to bargaining, however my employer is not issuing my classification with the Notice of Employee Representational Rights – they stated it is only sent to employees to be covered by the proposed EA. (“During the bargaining period, all employees to be covered by the proposed Enterprise Agreement (EA) 2018 have a right to be represented, by either nominating themselves or another person or organisation”). The company will have a vote for my classification to agree to come off the EA or not – however if this vote happens after bargaining, and we vote to stay on the EA, then we did not have an opportunity to bargain?

    So my question is – is it right that my classification are left off bargaining?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-03-23 17:34:26 +1100
    Last year I completed ABA therapy session through a reputable company (cost me around $700) and was about 40 hours worth of training. I then applied for a job (2 phone interviews, 1 physical interview which I changed my schedule multiple times to make happen). I also got my Police Check, my working with children check and my First Aid and CPR (over $300).

    Before commencing work I needed to do employee training modules online which took around 10 – 15 hours. I’ve never received any shifts after this at all. I want to know if I can fight or compensation for the training which was never paid.

    The company said that I would be required to do a minimum of 15 hours and so I resigned from my other job as I am also studying. The company said they had a family and nothing ever came from that. A second family came up 3 weeks after, initially from being available 5 days a week the client only wanted 2 hours on a time that I specified I wasn’t available. A 3rd family reached out to me personally and asked for me to work with them privately which I declined and said that I wanted to go through the company. I spoke to the centre’s receptionist and they said they didn’t have it on their end, after 3 weeks of calling and trying to work out was going on I was told if they couldn’t work it out, the family must be lying to me and they are actually to planning on paying me privately rather then the company’s employee. I was told they would confirm this but then they never did and I had to politely decline the family. I’ve gone in twice physically and called multiple times and emailed, reminding and updating my availabilities and never heard anything back. I don’t know what else I can do at this time, it’s been over 4 months since I signed my employee contract.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-03-23 15:30:14 +1100
    Can casual staff be given work hours in front of permanent part time staff, My employer gives work to casuals and the permanent part time staff are losing hours ,is this allowed.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-03-21 22:10:47 +1100
    Should my public holiday pay rate be time and a half or double pay?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-03-19 15:42:33 +1100
    If you get penalty rates for working past certain times during your shift, then take a sick day during that fortnight period. Is it fair that you are stripped of the penalties/enhancements and get a base pay?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-03-16 19:01:24 +1100
    Hi, im currently on a working holiday visa and just secured a job as a engineer on a union site. Can i join the union? I also currently don’t get any additional wage for overtime or weekends should this be the case?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-03-14 14:17:14 +1100
    Hi i was on a student visa. I am currently working at sydney airport as a traffic controller with secom through a sub contractor. He is underpaying us for a long time. He gets around $40 and he pays us $18 in cash he doesnt pay us on tax no pay slips. We dont have parking and train costs us $38 every first day of the week. Meal breaks are not paid no paid leaves no sick leaves no reward rates no annual leaves. Our main company secom was trying to take over and they posted jobs online and my subcontractor is not letting any of us apply directly to the company. He is blackmailing all the staff that if we apply directly to the company they will take us off the roaster and they will inform the immigration department that we are working more than allowed. We have to do double or triple jobs just to make enough money. For 10days work and 80hrs i only get $1400. The information that i have got from other officers is that the subcontractor company is not even registered and he runs away whenever he is about to get caught. He has changed 3 offices in the last 2 years. We just want to get compensated for all the time we got underpaid. Please explain what can we do and is he supposed do this.

  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-03-09 21:16:18 +1100
    My mum feels sick at work so her supervisor send her to clinic to have a rest, but my mum choose to go home instead, then she call me to pick her up. When i pick her up, she looks different so i send her straight away to the clinic, then the doctor told us that she had a stroke, then they call an ambulance to send her to hospital. Her employer didnt know that it was happened at her work. And few months later we got a bill from ambulance, cause we’re not a member so we have to pay the bill. Just want to know, if this is cover of her union? she work as a casual.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-02-27 13:17:57 +1100

    My work does not have a union, but am currently involved in some HR issues.

    What are my options, can Australian Unions help?


  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-02-26 12:45:30 +1100
    Can an employer record on mobile phones what’s happening at work, without consent.

    For example sitting their phone on a desk in a work area and secreting recording everything.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-02-26 03:47:32 +1100
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-02-26 03:44:03 +1100
    I have worked at my job as a casual for 10 years and 2 months. Everyone there is classified as a casual. I was rostered on 4 or more days a week for 10 years. Sometimes 6 days a week. I have been doing 20+ hours a week. But in the last 4 weeks I have been getting no shifts or other staff have been giving me 1 shift for the week. The boss is giving me the silent treatment and isn’t telling me what is going on. The last time I tried to call him he just started talking over me and not listening to a word I said to him. I think he wants to silently fire me by just taking me off the roster and not doing it in person. Can he do that? I was wondering if I have any rights for what he is doing. It’s causing me stress because my pay has dropped because of the less hours I have been getting.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-02-22 11:51:18 +1100
    Good morning,

    I am juniors sous chef in restaurant in Queensland, my contract say I need to do 40h a week, but when I look my roster I do 50h or more a week. This legal or not
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-02-21 17:44:09 +1100
    Do employers not have to send roster sheets to all employees? Even those not rostered on so they are informed?

    Also if you have a slight physical discomfort but were not injured at work, is it legal for employers to make you fill out a workplace incident report? And what can one do if they stop giving shifts soon after but claim it is because there is just not enough work?
  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-02-20 16:41:52 +1100
    Hi, I work at a canteen shop that is located within a dangerous construction site. I had to obtain my white card in order to work within the site, And we have to wear safety gear (vest and hard hat) while walking around the site. Am I entitled to obtain work site allowance? My boss does not pay this.
  • 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

    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

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