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Knowledge is not power, but it’s a start: What young people know about their rights and obligations in employment
journal contributionposted on 20.09.2018, 00:00 by P McDonald, Robin Price, J Bailey
Scholarship addressing the employment concerns of school-age workers has identified a number of areas of vulnerability. Prominent among these is that young workers have insufficient knowledge of their rights in employment, yet the extent of this knowledge has not previously been quantified. This study explores areas of strength and deficit in awareness of employment rights and obligations in a sample of 892 young people in Australian high schools. The findings demonstrate that despite part-time work being a majority experience for school students, young Australians know relatively little of their employment rights. The conclusions underscore the need for education strategies that inform young people prior to and in the very early stages of their working lives.