Using a work computer

work_icon.jpgAccess to a telephone at work is one of the ways employers are encouraged to support working carers – but what about access to a work computer? The Internet is increasingly being used to provide information on products and services for carers. The Working Carers Support Gateway is only one example.  This article contains some tips on talking to your employer about using a work computer to access information and purchase services.

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Dealing with unfair dismissal

work_icon.jpg ‘Unfair dismissal’ is on everybody’s lips as the Federal Government’s proposed new industrial relations changes are debated. “Can I be sacked because of my caring responsibilities?” The answer is a clear no. While the Federal Government does want to reform workplace laws, it also wants carers to participate in paid work and it is committed to retaining protection from unfair termination for workers on discriminatory grounds.

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Working carers and respite

work_icon.jpgYou’ve been caring for your elderly parent and juggling part time work for years now, with hardly a break. Now it’s time for you to go into hospital for an operation and family members are unable to help out. Who else can you call on? At times like this you could be eligible for respite care, where someone from a respite service can temporarily look after the person you care for.

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Negotiating with your employer

work_icon.jpgScenario: Your caring demands are increasing as the program your disabled child attends after school has limited its hours. You still want to keep your job, but are worried about what your employer will think when you say you need to take more time off work. You are afraid you may lose your job or have to give it up. How do you go about asking your employer to support you while you care?

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Your Rights at Work

work_icon.jpgProposed changes to workplace rights and entitlements, including those relating to working carers, has dominated national media headlines recently. We've written this overview to help you navigate the ins and outs of your rights under State and Federal industrial relations, anti-discrimination and privacy laws.

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