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Australian Workplace Agreements Answered

Just a question..... In Australia we have a few new changes in laws regarding work hours.... One of which is that an employer can MAKE you work up to 48 hrs in the week... This would be fine if you were paid for them but.... with these changes employers only have to pay you for 38 of those hrs and can give you "time in lou" > Time off for the other 10.... So basically I am forced to work extra hrs so I can have that same time off at their discretion....?? Does this seem a bit weird to the rest of the world or are you seeing similar changes too?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

UK:

Employers can only require you to work 48 hours/week, and must pay you for every one of them if you are employed on an hourly rate. Anything above and beyond contracted hours is overtime, at a preferential rate negotiated by unions.

Teachers don't get overtime because our contract includes "directed hours" - 1250 hours per year - but many schools will pay staff for running clubs (I get £20 for a one-hour science club)

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royalestel
royalestel

13 years ago

Seems weird to me . . . .

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gmoon
gmoon

13 years ago

Good luck with that....

I worked for a newspaper when I was young. For every hour over 40, we were paid half time...on a descending scale! More hours your worked, the less you were paid. And it wasn't a disincentive--for this job you had to work more than 40 hrs. Regardless of regulation, a lot of US companies do similar things...

Apparently, many video game programmers face similar working conditions.