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March 27, 2018

Job interviews: Can a prospective employer really ask that?

A job interview is a chance for a prospective employer to collect as much information about a candidate as possible. However, job applicants have legal rights even before they become employees, and federal and state laws prohibit prospective employers from asking certain questions that aren’t relevant to your ability to do the job. Here’s a […]

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March 22, 2018

Thinking about volunteering? Know your rights and responsibilities

Every year thousands of Australians support their community by volunteering with a wide range of organisations. Unlike paid staff, volunteers aren’t covered by awards or workplace agreements. However they still have important rights and protections from mistreatment. What is a volunteer? Although there is no legal definition of a volunteer in Australia, Volunteering Australia defines […]

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March 20, 2018

Celebrating Harmony Day: Respecting cultural diversity at work

March 21 is Harmony Day. A celebration of Australian multiculturalism, the day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On this day, schools, workplaces and communities come together to celebrate our multicultural country. We’ve been doing so since 1999 and have held more than 70,000 Harmony Day events throughout […]

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March 13, 2018

Casual vs. permanent part-time: What it means for your workplace rights

Whether you’re searching for a new casual job or experiencing problems at your current workplace, understanding what your employment status means is critical for protecting your rights at work. Your entitlements change depending on your type of employment, so it’s important to be aware exactly what it means to be a part-time or casual worker. […]

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March 8, 2018

International Women’s Day 2018: A timeline of women’s rights in Australia

This International Women’s Day, the theme is #PressForProgress. Despite the support for movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report states that worldwide gender parity is over 200 years away. Gender equality won’t happen overnight, but now more than ever, we must keep pressing for progress. Although gender disparity still […]

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February 3, 2018

Flexible working arrangements explained: How you can achieve that work-life balance

Now that most of us are back from holidays over the Christmas & New Year Period, many of us start wishing for just a little more time off – whether you ventured abroad or spent quality time with family and friends, holidays vanish in the blink of an eye. Of course, it’s normal to feel […]

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December 21, 2017

What to do if you’re experiencing workplace bullying, harassment or discrimination

Workplace bullying, harassment or discrimination can make you feel powerless, as if no one’s on your side. But this isn’t the case. For employers, tolerating or promoting these toxic behaviours in the workplace rather than creating inclusive and safe environments is not only immoral; it’s contrary to the law. Every employee has the right not […]

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December 20, 2017

Working on Christmas Day? Employee rights on a public holiday

If you work a 9-5 job, you’ll probably spend Christmas Day at home with family, feasting on fine food and swapping gifts. Yet for thousands of Australian workers, the day is business as usual. Doctors, police officers, paramedics, firefighters and carers are among the many who may be requested to work a shift on December […]

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December 11, 2017

Annual leave: Seven things you need to know before taking time off this Christmas

As Christmas rapidly approaches, most of us are rushing to finalise holiday plans. Whether you’re visiting family, heading overseas or simply enjoying some much-needed rest and relaxation at home, here’s what you need to know before taking time off this Christmas: Are you experiencing difficulties in your place of work? Know your rights.  1. Employers […]

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