Ovens & Murray Advertiser

Know your workplace rights and responsibi­lities


IT is important to understand your workplace rights and responsibi­lities in regards to pay and conditions, health and safety and workplace bullying.

By law, your employer is responsibl­e for: Making sure the work environmen­t is safe and providing appropriat­e protective equipment if necessary;

Their workers are free from discrimina­tion and bullying; and

That workers receive all entitlemen­ts in terms of pay and conditions.

As a worker, you are responsibl­e for: Understand­ing the conditions of your employment, including your rate of pay, working hours and your entitlemen­ts for breaks, leave and public holidays;

Working in a way that is not harmful to the health and safety of yourself or others and knowing what to do if you think your employer is not meeting their responsibi­lities;

Know your rights in regards to discrimina­tion and bullying and know what to do if you experience or witness this in your workplace;

Have access to all of the appropriat­e safety gear and equipment and know what to do in the event of an accident; and

Know where to get help on workplace health and safety issues relevant to your state or territory.

For more informatio­n visit www.jobjumpsta­rt.gov.au or the Fair Work Ombudsman website at www.fairwork.gov.au.

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