An employer is required under the National Employment Standards to issue a Fair Work Information Statement to all new employees as soon as practicable after commencing employment.
What Information Does The Fair Work Information Statement Contain?
The Fair Work Information Statement contains information on:
The National Employment Standards (NES);
- Modern Awards;
- Agreement making;
- Individual flexibility arrangements;
- Freedom of Association and Workplace Rights;
- Termination of Employment;
- Right of Entry; and
- The role of the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Fair Work Commission.
How Do I Provide The Fair Work Information Statement To Employees?
The Fair Work Information Statement may be given to employees by:
- Handing it over in person;
- Sending by email;
- A direct electronic link to the Fair Work Information Statement on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website;
- A direct electronic link to the Fair Work Information Statement on the employer’s intranet or hosted on its HR platform.
What Happens If I Fail To Give The Fair Work Information Statement To An Employee?
Any employer who does not give the Fair Work Information Statement to a new employee before, or as soon as possible after the employee starts employment, is contravening the provisions of the NES. There are penalties for failing to give a Fair Work Information Statement to a new employee.
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