What if your employer is your ISP and you want to use its service?
This is a topic I’ll touch on in my next blog post.
What are the ‘Blackouts’?
If you work in a small company, for example, and are paid at the minimum wage, you can expect to pay at least $150 a week for a package of broadband, TV, phone and Internet services.
If your company is a public utility, such as a local or state government, it’s likely you’ll pay a higher amount, and you’ll be paying a higher rate of tax, in order to cover the increased costs of running a network.
However, this does not mean your employer will be forced to give you any of these services.
It’s likely that you’ll still be able to access some of the services they provide without paying for them, but it’s unlikely that you will be able use them on a regular basis.
The Blackout Effect In addition to the higher costs of providing the services, your employer may also be forced by law to cut your wages.
If your employer requires you to work more hours to keep up with the rising cost of services, you may be paid less than other employees in your workplace, and this could have a significant impact on your ability to make ends meet.
The impact on people with disabilities, for instance, is likely to be particularly pronounced.
A 2015 study found that individuals with disabilities in employment in rural Australia have lower incomes, lower social isolation, and more physical and mental health problems than people without disabilities.
These people are at higher risk of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
It is estimated that around one in five people in Australia suffer from mental health difficulties, and a quarter of these people experience depression.
There is no universally accepted definition of the term ‘Blackout’ and many organisations will try to avoid calling it that.
However, the term has become increasingly common in recent years.
Why Do Blackouts Happen?
Blackouts are a very common occurrence in the workforce.
There is an increasing understanding that many people are struggling to survive in a globalised world, and many people who have not been able to make it to a place where they could enjoy their jobs are forced to work.
While many people in employment have not seen an increase in their salary over the past few years, the reality is that they are struggling financially as a result.
In many cases, the pay of those who are still working is still significantly below their salary, meaning that their financial position is becoming increasingly precarious.
Blackouts can occur at any time.
Some people are affected by these events without even realizing it.
For example, a recent study found some people who worked in restaurants and other hospitality businesses experienced blackouts and were unable to make a living wage for a few weeks, because they had been required to work on overtime.
Others may have been forced to make an extra payment to cover expenses such as rent, food, or other expenses, or they may have lost their job altogether.
Other people may be left with no income at all, or in extreme cases, may have no income whatsoever.
For many people, it can be incredibly difficult to get a grip on their finances.
If you are unable to find work because you are in a Blackout, there is a good chance that your financial situation will deteriorate over time, and that you may need to look for work elsewhere.
The ‘Black Out Effect’ and what you can do about itThe term ‘black out’ is commonly used to describe a period of time when a person’s employment prospects are significantly reduced, as they no longer receive a regular income, or receive a reduced wage for working fewer hours.
This can have a major impact on a person who is struggling to make money.
For instance, a 2015 study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that workers with disabilities were more likely to experience a Black Out, with up to 40% of people with disability reporting experiencing one during their employment.
Many people are unable or unwilling to report their Black Out events, or may even be reluctant to do so.
The main way that organisations can help those impacted by Blackouts is by providing support and resources.
You can help by asking for support and assistance.
For those who need support, you will most likely find a service or organisation in your area that can help you with your financial needs.
For more information on Blackouts and what to do if you are experiencing one, see Blackout Advice for the Disabled.