Fair Work Information Statement

An employer is obligated under the National Employment Standards to furnish a Fair Work Information Statement to all fresh recruits promptly upon commencement of employment.  

What constitutes a fair work information statement, and what are the key points Australian employers should grasp about it?


A fair work information statement is a document elucidating the rights and entitlements conferred upon employees by Australian workplace regulations. It is incumbent upon employers to furnish this statement to newly on boarded employees expeditiously upon their commencement of employment.

What particulars must be encompassed within a fair work information statement?


The statement should encompass details pertaining to the National Employment Standards (NES), modern awards, agreement-making, individual flexibility arrangements, freedom of association, termination of employment, and the functions of the Fair Work Ombudsman.

By when must employers furnish the fair work information statement?


Employers are mandated to provide the statement to new recruits at the earliest juncture subsequent to their commencement of work. This can be executed either in hard copy or electronically.

What repercussions ensue if an employer neglects to furnish the fair work information statement?


Failure to furnish the statement may render employers susceptible to penalties under the Fair Work Act 2009. Furthermore, employees may have grounds to lodge a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Are there any additional obligations incumbent upon employers with regard to new employees?


Yes, employers are also required to furnish new employees with a copy of the relevant modern award or enterprise agreement, along with information delineating the terms and conditions of employment.

What other considerations should employers bear in mind in relation to fair work information statements?


Employers should ensure diligent updating of the statement as necessitated by changes in workplace legislation. Additionally, they should guarantee that all employees, inclusive of casual and part-time personnel, receive the statement.

How HR Connect can help

If you require assistance with dealing with disciplinary issues concerning staff, HR Connect can help. Our HR Advisors will be able to guide you through each step of the disciplinary process and we have template documents (e.g. direction to attend a disciplinary meeting, written warning, letter of termination, etc) available as part of our subscription packages.

 

 

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Disclaimer

The information provided in these knowledge base articles is general in nature and is not intended to substitute for professional advice. If you are unsure about how this information applies to your specific situation we recommend you contact HR Connect for advice. The information in this summary is correct as of August 2021.

 

This knowledge base article will change over time, as Modern Award legislation relating to this Industry or Occupation is passed by the Fair Work Commission. Originally published on 21 September 2021 and last updated on 18 February 2022.

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