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Whether you’re looking for your first job or you’ve been working for 5 years, problems at work can cause a lot of stress. Most of us rely on our jobs for income and to pay expenses, but even if you don’t need to work, it’s still important to know your rights in employment so you can make sure you get a fair go.

Before you start work, make sure you have an employment agreement. Before you sign one, read it carefully and get someone else to look over it for you. If you’re confused about anything, get a lawyer to take a look and explain it to you. Your employer should give you time to check your contract. Make sure that if you get paid in cash, you’re paying taxes. This will mean fewer headaches if you do have a problem and you do want to do something about it.

Unfortunately, young people can find themselves in more work problems than everyone else. Young people tend to work part-time, casually or in seasonal unskilled or low-skilled industries, often without joining a union. This means that young people are more vulnerable to employers treating them badly. Knowing your rights means you’ll have fewer problems, but if you do have any problems, you’ll know how to sort them out.

In this section:

  • Employees & Contractors
  • Before You Start Work
  • Unions
  • Trial Periods
  • When Working
  • Paying Tax
  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Harassment & Discrimination at Work
  • Workplace Bullying
  • Personal Grievances
  • Ending Work
  • Fixing Work Problems
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