Knowledge is not power, but it’s a start : what young people know about their rights and obligations in employment

McDonald, Paula , Price, Robin , & Bailey, Janis (2013) Knowledge is not power, but it’s a start : what young people know about their rights and obligations in employment. Youth Studies Australia, 32(2), pp. 49-58.

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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.

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ID Code: 60955
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Young People, Youth, Rights and Obligations in Employment
ISSN: 1038-2569
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 27 Jun 2013 03:42
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2013 04:32

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