Employment Law

Understanding the Basics of Employment Law

Australia boasts one of the most productive economies in the world, with a work force of millions that enjoy nothing more than a stable income within a variety of industries. Each of these industries are supported by the government in one form or another, and the way in which sectors are able to operate is dictated by this very authority.

Employment law basics are something that all employees should research, simply to protect themselves should anything untoward take place. As an employee, you are entitled to a variety of benefits and features, many of which relate to payments; but the more important refer to your rights as an employed person. Here are a few particularly important items to consider.


When applying for a role, all applicants should expect to receive the same level of treatment. During this period, a potential employee won’t be favoured over another – the only thing that an employer is allowed to consider are the credentials of the applicant and whether or not they will be suitable for the role in question. Prejudice isn’t tolerated and any employer deemed to be in breach of this clause can find themselves facing severe penalties.

Employee rights

As a paid employee (or even a voluntary one), you are covered by an array of rights that protect your best interests. These include the ability to work in a comfortable environment, as well as being treated with care and respect at all times. If an employer fails to look after your interests, or if they breach any of your rights – they could be forced to face a fine. This is particularly important when considering claims relating to unfair dismissal and if you have been relieved of your duties for a reason beyond your control or understanding – you could have a claim.

You are not alone

In the past, it was almost impossible for a poorly treated employee to seek any form of recompense after being treated in an unprofessional, unfair, or discriminative manner. If you have suffered with any of these events then you are well within your rights to seek advice from a legal advocate. They will be able to offer advice and help relating to your employment – and you’ll be able to decide on whether or not to take things further.