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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Research on working carers

Work MattersWhat makes working carers leave their jobs, or stops them from going back to work after a long period of caring? What is the impact of working and caring on health and wellbeing? The Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of NSW together with the University of New England (UNE)   are currently conducting research to answer these questions.

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Carers and WorkChoices legislation

work_icon.jpgIf you have been tuned in to the media in the past week you will not have been able to miss the announcement by the Federal Government of their new WorkChoices legislation. This controversial planned revision of industrial relations laws will take place over the next couple of years while the Government has a majority in the Senate. This article summarises the likely impact of the changes on working carers.

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Industrial relations definitions

other_icon.jpgAWAs, EBAs, workplace awards, individual contracts, collective bargaining and casualisation of the workforce – are all acronyms and phrases relating to the workplace and to agreements between employees and employers. With the release last week of details of the Federal Government’s proposed changes to industrial relations laws we have put together a list of definitions for the most common terms to help you find your way through the maze of the terminology relating to the proposed changes.


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Carers Week

other_icon.jpgCarers Week is a national awareness week held across Australia during October each year. This year the dates are October 16-22. Activities are held in each state and territory which focus on celebrating caring and information and support for carers. Activities are mostly held during the day, so access by working carers may be limited. If you have a flexible and supportive workplace, it may be worth asking your employer if you can take time off to attend.

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