Educating Young Workers | Ep. 2 4 Warning Signs

Educating Young Workers | Ep. 2 4 Warning Signs

September 10, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Episode 2: Four warning signs. Hi everyone. Exploitation in the workplace sucks so let’s figure out what to look out for to
make sure it’s not happening to you. Here are four warning signs something
just ain’t right. Warning sign 1: Not receiving pay slips. No pay slips? That’s a bad sign. Like this one or this one. Bad signs no good. No pay
slip means no tracking your hourly wage penalty rates or super contributions and
you won’t even know if your boss has taken tax out of your pay. That’s a
terrible sign. Too many words for starters. If you’re not getting a pay
slip ask for one. In the meantime download the Record My Hours app and
keep track of your work hours. Warning sign two: Getting paid cash in hand. Here is your pay. Cash in hand! Wink wink. Thanks… OK… It’s not actually illegal to be paid in
cash. If you’re receiving a wad of cash with a pay slip showing you’re paying
tax and a payment summary at the end of the financial year it’s probably
above board. Yes here is your payslip with your tax info and payment summary for
this year’s financial year. Ok. But let’s face it that’s umm, that’s probably not
what’s happening. This is just an empty envelope that says pay slip winky face. Ha ha ha! You’re hired! I already work here. If you haven’t signed any formal agreements,
don’t receive pay slips or don’t know what award you’re on chances are
something might not be right. Warning sign three: You don’t know your award or
minimum wage. An award is a document that outlines your entitlements. If you don’t
know which one you’re on you won’t know your minimum pay rates or conditions of
employment. Here is your award it’s called the please don’t call the Fair Work
Ombudsman award please… award. Thanks. Warning sign four: You’re not getting
breaks. For hospitality and retail jobs shifts over five hours usually deserve a
thirty minute unpaid break. For other industries you’re
probably entitled to paid and or unpaid rest breaks and meal breaks. By the way that awards ceremony before, that counted as your break for this month. Good. So, where to from here? The first step to addressing any of these warning signs is to actually know what the signs are and how to get help. Rules change from
industry to industry so it’s best to find out exactly what your rights are by
jumping on the Fair Work website. Now that’s a good sign. Warning signs! Warning signs! Warning signs! (intense noise of fear) Warning signs.