We’ve been employers for 6 years now and prior to that I worked in a position in which I hired and fired for many years. I thought I had a pretty good handle on what was required as an employer when hiring employees. Earlier this year though, we had reason to hire a HR company to help us navigate some unchartered territory within our business. It turns out that I had a great deal more to learn and one of these things is so simple, but so important I wanted to share with you. This information will be helpful for both employers and employees, as we all need to be informed about what is required.
Along with the basic requirement of a contract, there is another document that is compulsory for all employers to give to their employees. This document is called a Fair Work Information Statement.
As explained on the Australian Federation of Employers website, “The Fair Work Information Statement is a fact sheet that sets out an employee’s rights and entitlements at work, including the national employment standards (NES), modern awards, agreement making, freedom of association and workplace rights, termination of employment, right of entry and the role of Fair Work Australia”.
Employers have to give every new employee a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement (the Statement) before, or as soon as possible after, they start their new job. The statement can be sent in the mail, given in person, emailed or by providing a link to the Fair Work website.
What to do now? Well if you are like us, and had not heard of this document, it is essential that you visit Fair Work’s website, familiarise yourself with your obligation and get your workers a copy of the document. You can find the document and more information here.
Although our business is within the construction industry, this is actually a requirement for all businesses regardless of industry or size.
Are you a small business owner? Interested in more hints and tips?