Employer Obligations

Employer obligations to employees include:

  • Provide a safe workplace
  • Pay correct wages
  • Reimburse employees for work-related expenses
  • Collect Tax installments and forward to the Tax Office
  • Make payments as required by law towards the employee's Superannuation
  • Provide a workplace free from harassment including sexual harassment
  • Allow employees to join a union

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unlawful under State and Federal legislation. All employees have a responsibility to behave in a manner that is not offensive or threatening to co-workers. It is the employer's responsibility to create a workplace climate that is free of sexual jokes, comments, innuendoes and actions that could cause embarrassment or offence to workers.

Right to Join a Union

Employees have the right to decide whether to join a union or not. In this decision they must be free from harassment or intimidation.

Safe Workplace

Employees have the right to work in a workplace that is free from industrial hazards and is not injurious to health. Workplaces should have adequate lighting, heating, ventilation and appropriate safety equipment.

Superannuation

Superannuation is the term given to a method for accumulating funds for a person' retirement. In Australia it is law (Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992), it is compulsory for all employers to make contribution to the employee's superannuation scheme. The minimum contribution, with a few exceptions, that an employer must make is 9% of the employees gross earnings.

(C) Leo Isaac 2005, 2013

 

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