WorkChoices enacted in 2006

Work MattersWorking carers concerned about their employment security should know that most aspects of the new workplace legislation, WorkChoices, passed in Federal Parliament earlier this month, will not take effect until March 2006. A leading employers group has notified its members of their obligations to continue with the current industrial relations system, particularly in relation to dismissing staff, until further notice. The NSW Government’s plan for a High Court challenge to the legislation may also delay its implementation.

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Tips on how to survive your work Christmas party

Work MattersThe holidays are fast approaching and with it your invitation to the work Christmas party. As a working carer, you are probably feeling more highly stressed than your fellow non-carer workmates so do take this into account if you feel the need to let your hair down. All that good work you have put in during the year can be undone in just a moment so don’t do something you might be sorry for later.

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Welfare to work changes

Work MattersWorking sole parent carers who rely on Centrelink payments in between casual or short-term jobs may find themselves on lower payments and with stricter requirements for job seeking under proposed Federal Government welfare reforms. The Welfare to Work legislation is before Parliament this week and is expected to be passed before the end of the year.

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National Work and Family Awards

Work Matters Employers who demonstrate outstanding leadership and innovation from business in the promotion of a better balance between work and family in the workplace have been recognised by the National Work and Family Awards. The provisions offered by award winning employers and the benefits to both employees and employers may be of interest to carers seeking flexibility at work.

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Small business employees worse off under WorkChoices

Work MattersWhile the dust is yet to settle on the details of the Federal Government’s WorkChoices legislation introduced to Parliament last Wednesday, it appears that working carers who are employees of small business operators will be hardest hit.  Because the laws will primarily be enacted using the Federal Government’s corporations powers, small businesses will need to be incorporated to be covered by the new system.   

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