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4 days ago

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Been told you can’t take any leave in December or January because it’s too busy? Wondering if your boss can do that?

The Fair Work Act doesn’t cover annual leave bans specifically, but it does say that annual leave requests can only be refused if the refusal is reasonable.

What's reasonable needs to be judged on a case-by-case basis, but includes things like whether you gave sufficient notice and the operational requirements of the business.

Find out more about taking annual leave: www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/annual-leave/taking-annual-leave
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ACCC issues infringement notices to retailers for using ‘was/now’ price comparisons in advertising.

www.accc.gov.au/media-release/furniture-chains-pay-penalties-for-making-alleged-misleading-was-no...
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ACCC issues infringement notices to retailers for using ‘was/now’ price comparisons in advertising.  https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/furniture-chains-pay-penalties-for-making-alleged-misleading-was-now-price-claims

1 week ago

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You’re entitled to be paid for all the time you work. This means if you’re required to come in 10 minutes early or stay back late to count the till or clean, it should be paid time. And you shouldn’t be asked not to clock on yet if you’re working or to clock off early so you aren’t paid.

So if you’ve been finding your pay packet is always a bit light because your boss rounds down your hours to the nearest 15 or 30 minutes or asks you to work ‘off the clock’, know this isn’t ok.

Check our other myths and tips: www.fairwork.gov.au/find-help-for/young-workers-and-students/myths-and-tips-for-young-workers
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2 weeks ago

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FACT: If your boss is underpaying you and threatening to cancel your student visa because you’ve worked more than you should have, we can help you.

Remember, only the Department of Home Affairs can cancel visas. We have an arrangement with Home Affairs to encourage workers who are being exploited to get our help – even if they’ve breached their student visa conditions.

Under this arrangement, your temporary visa will not be cancelled if you:

✅had an entitlement to work as part of your visa
✅believe you have been exploited at work
✅have reported your circumstances to us
✅are actively assisting us in an investigation.

This applies as long as you commit to abiding by your visa conditions in the future and where there is no other basis for visa cancellation (such as national security, character, health or fraud grounds).

Find out more: www.fairwork.gov.au/find-help-for/visa-holders-and-migrants
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2 weeks ago

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If you rent out a room or property through platforms like Airbnb, Stayz or FlipKey, don’t forget to declare the income in your tax return.

We cross-check data from third parties against the rental info you report, so it’s important your tax return is correct before you lodge! 👍 Already lodged and forgot to include some rental income? It’s not too late to amend your return.

For more info on the tax implications of renting out all or part of your home, see www.ato.gov.au/General/The-sharing-economy-and-tax/Renting-out-all-or-part-of-your-home
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While it’s probably OK for your boss to ask you to wear vampire fangs or a witch's hat this Halloween 🙄, they can’t make you pay for it. So don’t get spooked into buying store goods.

Same goes for most other uniforms and in season floor stock. Most awards and enterprise agreements say they need to be provided free of charge, or that employees should be reimbursed the cost.

Check your uniform entitlements here: www.fairwork.gov.au/employee-entitlements/uniforms-vehicle-and-travel-entitlements
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3 weeks ago

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Approached by someone who claims you can withdraw your super early? 🤨 Don’t be caught out – in most cases, it’s illegal.

Earlier this week, a New South Wales man was sentenced to jail for arranging the unlawful early release of super for a number of people in the community, and then skimming money off the top. Many of the victims were experiencing financial difficulties when friends said they ‘knew someone’ who could help. Instead, they got caught in an illegal scheme and robbed of their hard-earned funds.

Super is money set aside to provide for your retirement, so there are limited circumstances where you can withdraw it early. Always check with us first and beware of people promoting early release schemes. Find out more at www.ato.gov.au/individuals/super/in-detail/withdrawing-and-using-your-super/illegal-super-schemes...
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A Sydney man was sentenced to 3 yeasts’ jail after pleading guilty to orchestrating an illegal early release of a superannuation scheme.

www.ato.gov.au/Media-centre/Media-releases/Time-s-up-for-Sydney-SMSF-super-schemer/
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A Sydney man was sentenced to 3 yeasts’ jail after pleading guilty to orchestrating an illegal early release of a superannuation scheme.  https://www.ato.gov.au/Media-centre/Media-releases/Time-s-up-for-Sydney-SMSF-super-schemer/

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Our 2018-19 annual report is now available on our website: www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media-releases/2019-media-releases/october-2019/20192110-an... ... See MoreSee Less

Massive partner visas backlog over 245K cases!
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Under the Security Services Award, the minimum adult rate for a full-time or part-time employee is $21.90. For a casual, that goes up to $27.38. Depending on your skills and classification level, you might be entitled to a higher rate.

Remember, you’ll also be entitled to higher rates if you’re working nights, on the weekend, overtime.

And a range of allowances can apply.

Use our Pay Calculator to check you’re being paid right under the award: calculate.fairwork.gov.au/findyouraward
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1 month ago

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Attention Student visa holders! If you change your main course of study to a lower Australian Qualifications Framework level and do not apply for a new Student visa, you risk your visa being cancelled. Visit our website to read more: ow.ly/ZHXn50wH2Lc ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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There are only limited circumstances where unpaid trials and internships are ok.

For example, unpaid internships are lawful when they're part of a vocational placement for a course of study, but the law prohibits the exploitation of workers when they are fulfilling the role of an actual employee.

Unpaid work trials may be unlawful where:

• it isn't necessary to demonstrate the skills required for the job, or has continued for longer than is actually needed. This will be dependent on the nature and complexity of the work, but could range from an hour to one shift
• it involves more than only a demonstration of the person’s skills, where they are directly relevant to a vacant position, or
• the person is not under direct supervision for the trial.

Make sure you know when unpaid work is unlawful: www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/unpaid-work
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Monday 7 October is a public holiday for the ACT, NSW, QLD and SA (sorry VIC, TAS, NT and WA). Full-time and part-time workers in these states who usually work on Mondays will be entitled to a paid day off. www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/public-holidays/not-working-on-public-holidays

We often get asked if you need to be paid early if a public holiday falls on your usual pay day.

The simple answer is: probably not (unless your award or agreement specifically says so).

Awards and enterprise agreements usually say how often you need to be paid (like weekly, fortnightly or monthly), but they often don’t say what day of the week you need to be paid or what happens when pay day is a public holiday.

So unless these things are stipulated, your boss will still be meeting their obligations if they’re getting the frequency right.
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1 month ago

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Are you being fair dinkum with your income? Don’t let undeclared income come back to bite you!

When you lodge your tax return, it might be as simple as checking your salary or wages are correct. But don’t forget you also need to include income from:
🌍 Overseas sources (e.g. work or investments)
📈 Bank interest
👨‍🍳 Your second job
🛏️ The sharing economy (e.g. renting out a room via a website or app)
🏡 Capital gains or losses on investments or assets
🤑 And of course any cash jobs.

For more details on income to declare this tax time, visit www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/Income-you-must-declare
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