Stay on top of workplace rules in 2024

Published 5 February 2024

We’ve got some tips to help you stay up to date with your workplace rights and obligations.

Recent changes to workplace laws

In case you missed it, there were some workplace law changes in December 2023 and January 2024 that may apply to you.

These new rules include:

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Download documents from our website when needed to make sure you have the most up-to-date version.

For example, we’ve updated the Fair Work Information Statement to include superannuation as a NES entitlement.

Know where the rules come from

Most workplace problems can be avoided if employees are aware of their rights and employers know their obligations.

If you don’t know where to find the rules that apply to your employment relationship, visit Employment conditions.

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Our main website provides answers to most of your workplace relations questions.

If you can’t find the information you need on the website, try searching our Library.

For example, there are articles about new and evolving jobs such as brand ambassadors and social media marketers.

Workplace myths

Handshake agreements may sound like a good idea but all arrangements must comply with the law.

Don’t fall into these common traps:

Myth 1: Getting paid a low rate is okay if the worker agrees.

Fact: There are minimum pay rates set by the law. Find out the minimum pay rates that apply for your award with our Pay and Conditions Tool.

Myth 2: Employees don’t need to be paid for time spent opening and closing a store.

Fact: Employees must be paid for all hours they’re required to work. This includes time spent opening or closing a store. Read more on our Pay and wages page.

Myth 3: Employers can pay young workers as trainees or apprentices without lodging any formal paperwork.

Fact: Employers must negotiate and lodge a registered training contract for an employee to lawfully be paid trainee or apprentice rates. An employer can’t pay an employee trainee or apprentice rates just because they’re young or new to the job. Find out more about entitlements for Apprentices and trainees.

Stay up to date

Workplace rules change from time to time.

We’ll continue to keep you informed about important workplace changes that affect you.

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