KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Your Work, Your Pay

May 30, 2017 Know Your Rights

You may ask what’s an extra 10 or 15 minutes of unpaid work here or there?

If you work an extra hour every week for months on end, that’s a lot of money lost that’s rightfully yours.

Being paid for work done is not optional – it’s the LAW!

Getting paid for all the time you work is enshrined in law. Your employer is legally bound to pay you for all work done. You must get paid either
ordinary rates or overtime, depending on your circumstances. No person should ever work and not be paid.

The SDA is increasingly finding examples of employers expecting employees to “work” without paying them.

Furthermore, employers shouldn’t avoid paying somebody by telling them, “it was not authorised.” The SDA is finding that some employers are using this as a device to not pay employees.

If you are expected to complete a particular job or task and you do, you must get paid.

Never clock off and keep working without pay and if you experience any problems with unpaid overtime or other underpayments and you can’t resolve the matter with your immediate manager, contact the SDA and we’ll help you.

How Workers are Losing Out!

There are many ways a worker can miss out on getting paid properly, including not being paid the correct overtime penalty rate. They include:

  • Coming in and working before your rostered shift begins;
  • Working through rest pauses or meal breaks;
  • “Clocking off” and then going back to work;
  • Taking work home, like paperwork;
  • Working after your rostered time off, say for an extra 10 to 15 minutes or more and not getting paid;
  • Coming in on your day off or while on leave and not getting paid; and
  • Allowing your employer to change your roster deliberately to avoid penalties you would otherwise be entitled to.

Check your Agreement

Your Agreement contains specific provisions relating to payment for time worked. Your employer is obliged to know what these entitlements are and apply them to all employees.

If you want to know what your entitlements are, or if you need help in getting paid for time that you have worked, speak to your on-site SDA Shop Steward, your Union Organiser or contact the SDA on 1800 657 141  and speak to an Information Officer.

You can download a copy of this flyer here: Your Work Your Pay