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Triple J – The Hack: How to make sure you’re not being ripped off at work

Jan 15, 2019News

While a lot of us look forward to Christmas and new year as an opportunity to put our feet up and get away from work for a bit, we know there others who don’t get that luxury. For an awful lot of us, this time of year is the busiest and most stressful.

Spare a thought for the barista or shop assistant or waiter who not only hasn’t had a break, but has actually seen a ramping up in the hours they’re rostered to work.

If it’s your first time working over this period, it can be really confusing to understand what you’re supposed to be paid and what entitlements you’re owed.

Hack spoke to Keelia Fitzpatrick, director of the Young Workers’ Centre, to help you make sense of your rights if you’re working through summer.

Where to go if you think you’re being ripped off at work:

  • Your boss – ask if there’s been a mix up
  • HR – they should have proper processes in place
  • Your industry’s union
  • The Fair Work Ombudsman

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