We can’t stress enough the importance of updating and keeping a copy of your work contract. HACSU has had several members contact us because their employer has failed to honour their contracted hours.
So what exactly are your contracted hours? In simple terms, they are the number of hours your employer must provide you with and the number of hours you must work each week.
We recently won back $130,000 for one member whose employer hadn't been adhering to her workplace contract for around 6 years. This member had a copy of their work contract and therefore could prove what her hours of work were meant to be. Another member had been short changed by 388 hours over 9 months and received a back payment of more than $9000.
If your employer offers you additional hours, make sure your contract is adjusted to include the change as you can't rely on them keeping an updated copy. If your hours are disputed sometime in the future, you don’t want your employer waving an old contract with lesser hours at you.
If you believe your contracted hours aren't being met by your employer dig out your current contract and check your payslip. If things don't add up, then it's time to give us a call.