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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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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Industrial relations snippets

work_icon.jpgThe NSW Government's Office of Industrial Relations publishes a monthly e-newsletter, Your Workplace Online, to keep employees and employers up to date with the latest industrial relations issues. Here are snippets from the latest issue and we have covered other issues in our story in this month's, Work ‘n' Care, Employee or independent contractor?

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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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Employee or independent contractor?

work_icon.jpgFurther deregulation of the labour market will mean up to 200,000 workers in New South Wales and nearly 2,000,000 Australia-wide will be responsible for their own income tax and health and safety with no rights to paid holidays, sick leave and minimum pay rates.

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