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Hello, I’m currently employed as casual with no fixed work hours (generally 33-37 hours per week.) In the contract I signed when commencing employment, it states that I need to give eight weeks notice if I want to leave, but they can terminate me with one hour notice. Can they enforce this eight-week rule? That length of notice time makes it almost impossible to get another job!
Dear Lifehacker, I’ve seen a lot of Kickstarter campaigns lately that promise great rewards and have awesome ideas. Some of them are already fully funded, others need a little help. Is it safe to give them my money if they’re already funded? How can I tell if the end result is going to be as awesome as they promised?
I’m currently in the process of creating my first website. The website will focus on tourism in Australia and compare companies that offer similar products. Am I breaking any laws by writing about these companies? For example, if three different tour companies are offering wine tours in the same region, can I write about the prices, the wineries each company visits, the length of the tour and any other information I consider relevant? I intend to write the comparisons in a non-biased manner and will link directly to each company’s website.
Dear Lifehacker, I am looking for a new TV and thought you may be able to help. I’m considering either a Samsung UA60H7000 (factory second with 5yr warranty) for $1850, or an LG 60LF6300 new, with 1 year warranty for $1800. I can’t work out which is the better buy! Would you be able to help me? Cheers, Sam.
Dear Lifehacker, I am a uni student living on my own who regularly has friends over for movie nights. Unfortunately my living room is rather small so there are limited seating options — no way I could fit another couch in there. I was thinking of buying some bean bags but they are so expensive! $80 for a one-seater, generally. Do you have any tips on making one myself or buying one cheaply?
Dear Lifehacker, When work is getting too busy or stressful, I’ll often use my “potty break” as a chance to unwind. After doing my business, I’ll regularly stay on the toilet for another ten to 15 minutes and just vege out. (Sometimes I’ll even get some work done on my smartphone.) So my question is: is staying in the cubicle longer than necessary bad for my health? Or is it the same amount of risk regardless?
Dear LH, I have a Denon amp/receiver which has just blown up and needs replacing (15 years old). It was connected to my TV, DVD player and Foxtel box with a 5.1 channel speaker system — I want to be able to maintain all of this, and reuse the existing speakers. In addition, I want to be able to bring the unit into the 21st century with wireless and music streaming. I would like to be able to add wireless speakers around the house and be able to control them via iPhone. Any advice would be welcome! Cheers, Glenn.