Employers must provide the Fair Work Information Statement to all new employees. This provision is one of the ten National Employment Standards (NES).
What is in a Fair Work Information Statement?
The statement contains information about the following:
- The National Employment Standards.
- The effects of a transfer of business by the employer upon the employee's National Employment Standards.
- Modern awards.
- Making agreements under the Fair Work Act 2009.
- Individual flexibility arrangements.
- The right to freedom of association.
- Termination of employment.
- Right of entry (including the protection of personal information by privacy laws).
- The role of the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Fair Work Commission.
Requirements of the Fair Work Information Statement
It is a requirement under the NES for employees to receive the Statement, and it is up to employers to ensure their employees receive it. The statement can either be given to employees by handing it to them, by mail, by email, or by fax.
There is no requirement to give the statement to an employee more than once in any 12 month period. Therefore, if the employer employs the same employee more than once within 12 months, and gave the statement to the employee when they first commenced employment, there is no requirement to provide it again if they are re-employed within the 12 month period.