Small business wary of WorkChoices

As many working carers are employed by small business, you will probably be interested to learn that the Federal Government may have misjudged the reaction of the Australian small business community to its new WorkChoices legislation.

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Employers should keep their promises

Go to the website or annual report of any large, medium and even some small organisations, both public and private, and you will often see its statement on ethics and behaviour proudly displayed. But do all employers abide by their own policies? It seems not.

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So you want to pre-empt emergency leave?

work_iconThere will be occasions when, as a working carer, you will have no choice but to take emergency leave from work to attend to your caring responsibilities. This month, the Gateway has added another category to the Workplace Tool Box “So you want to pre-empt emergency leave”. It provides information about your rights and also includes useful tips on how to gain support from your employer and workmates.

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Workplace flexibility

For many working carers, the circumstances of your caring responsibilities could change over time. Perhaps you will need to reduce your working hours from full-time to part-time; or it may be you will need to vary the hours of your daily shift. To help you know your rights and to better negotiate with your employer we are adding a fact sheet to our workplace toolbox this month: So you want to change or vary your hours at work?

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The grey ceiling

work_iconAgeism is bound to affect many working carers if you are 45 years or older. Biased behaviour towards older workers is arguably replacing sex discrimination as one of the most important workplace issues of the day. However, the increasing skills shortage and ageing workforce means employers will have no choice but to address the entrenched ageism that is keeping a substantial number of valuable older workers under employed.

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