As you move around various workplaces you may find that they are different in terms of what the Employer may expect at work. This often goes beyond the work duties and reflects different policies and workplace practices. Find out where any workplace related policies are kept at your workplace.
The relevant industrial Award covering your employment and your wages and entitlements is the Horse and Greyhound Racing Award (2010). Minimum wages details and allowances are outlined in Clause 13. Leave provisions can be found in Clause 23.
Employers will often use the relevant industrial award (i.e. the Award, see above) as a basis for your employment including wages and entitlements. The Award outlines what your minimum entitlements should be including your wages and benefits (e.g. amount of personal leave for sickness, caring, annual leave).
Some employers may vary the Award by offering more generous wages or entitlements, however they cannot offer anything less than the minimums outlined in the Award unless special approval is granted by the relevant government department.
The Award outlines a number of minimum provisions and entitlements including:
An Employer may change a number of the award provisions. However the Award is strict on what can be changed or varied by the Employer. Changes can be made to:
(a) arrangements for when work is performed;
(b) overtime rates;
(c) penalty rates;
(d) allowances; and
(e) leave loading.
Should you feel your package of benefits is not as good as it would be under the Award (if nothing was varied), then you may have a case to raise with your Employer. Note that an Employee needs to agree to the varying these five (5) arrangements before they can be changed. It is best to get these variations in writing so both parties are clear on the changes. See the next section for who to ask if you have concerns relating to these items.
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