I have bugger all knowledge on workplace law either.
My thoughts as a random bystander though:
- has she had that same boss for 13 years?
- that's a pretty shit way to treat an employee of over 10 years.
- I reckon the Casual part is where it will get thru the laws etc. I feel like legally the employer will be covered.
- Not morally though.
- Just goes to show that the whole "treat others how you would like to be treated" is something that all humans need to pick up, not just the select few good ones like your mother.
- Am I right in assuming working in an "unskilled" workplace and "only" working 15 hours a week that if she just retired now she wouldn't be worse off money wise, whether that be thru the dole or whatever?
- Don't businesses get some tax positive by hiring people in your mothers age bracket now? If so, would it be "easy" for her to pick up similar hours elsewhere for a few months at a different place? I know it isn't obviously the ideal scenario for her but it seems like a pretty encouraging option to me.
- I don't envy you or your mother at all. I'm currently having a bit of to-and-fro with Centrelink about something and it is a genuine nightmare.
- Good luck with it pal.