All employers in the national workplace relations system have to give every new employee a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement before or as soon as possible after they start their job. Getting the statement is one of 10 minimum entitlements in the National Employment Standards.
What is the Fair Work Information Statement?
The Fair Work Information Statement has information about:
- the National Employment Standards
- how a transfer of business affects entitlements
- modern awards
- agreements under the Fair Work Act 2009
- individual flexibility arrangements
- freedom of association
- termination of employment
- right of entry (including privacy laws to protect personal information)
- the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Fair Work Commission.
What happens if I don’t give the statement to a new employee?
If you do not give the statement to a new employee you are breaching the National Employment Standards. There can be penalties for this.
How do I give the statement to my employees?
You can give the statement to your employees:
- in person
- by mail using pre-paid post
- by emailing the document to their work or home address
- by emailing a link to it on this website or on your business intranet
- by faxing it.
It’s a good idea to keep a record of how you gave the statement to each of your employees.
Employing the same person more than once in 12 months
If you employ someone more than once in 12 months, you only need to give them the statement the first time they start working for you.