Myths and tips for workers

When you start a new job with a company, you may get told or asked to do things that don’t seem right.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is always a great source of information and we always recommend you take the time to check facts as an employee.

We will explore some of the myths around employment over the next weeks.

Myth 1: Paying low, flat rates of pay for all hours worked is OK if the worker agrees

Fact: Minimum lawful pay rates are mandatory. In many jobs, penalty rates must be paid for evening, weekend, public holiday and overtime work.

You can calculate minimum rates using the Fair Work Pay Calculator.

You and your employer may agree to enter into an individual flexibility arrangement to vary penalty and overtime rates, as long as you are better off overall. This agreement needs to be in writing and signed by you and your employer. If you are under 18 years of age, it must also be signed by a parent or guardian. Learn more about Individual flexibility arrangements.

Watch the following short video outlining some of the top myths about employment.

This is a great tool for yourself or to share with your children who might be just starting work.

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