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Employment and the law - Hot Topics

Employment and the law - Hot Topics

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Employment brings us into a relationship over which, for many employees, there is little control, particularly young people entering the workforce for the first time. This issue examines the area of employment law since the Fair Work legislation, and looks at the responsibilities of the national and state systems. Areas covered include getting a job, entitlements, work arrangements, discrimination, bullying, health and safety and leaving work.

This online version was updated in April 2013 to reflect changes to the law about employment.

Author note

Megan Cameron has BA/LLB (Hons) and LLM from Sydney University. After being admitted, she worked as a solicitor in private practice for four years, specialising in employment and industrial law. Megan has worked in community legal centres for over three years as a generalist solicitor, most recently as Senior Solicitor at Redfern Legal Centre.


Chapter one


Federal and state systems - which system applies to my employment? - some NSW laws still apply - important terms.

Chapter two

Getting a job

Applying for a job - discrimination is prohibited - preparing for the interview - letter of offer - what is your employer required to do? - what is a 'contract of employment'? - before you start work - workplace induction - union membership.

Chapter three

Work arrangements

Are you an employee? - apprentices and trainees - work experience - trial work - probationary period - your right to be paid.

Chapter four

Conditions at work

Basis for workplace entitlements - how do I know what applies to me? - National Employment Standards - superannuation.

Chapter five

Handling workplace problems

Grievance procedures - example of a grievance procedure.


Hot Topics 76: Employment and the law. Hot Topics is intended as an introductory guide only and should not be interpreted as legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information, the Legal Information Access Centre does not assume responsibility for any errors or omissions.

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