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Hiring Employees – One Detail You Can’t Miss

Hiring Employees – One Detail You Can’t Miss

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.

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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?




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  1. I received one of these when I first started at my job and thought that was interesting. I think a letter of commitment from the employer, outlining values and expectations might be more helpful perhaps?

    1. Yes, I think outlining the company policy on these things, which hopefully goes above and beyond the minimum requirements, would be much better in a practical sense.

  2. My employment contract has NES stuff embedded within it. To be honest, my eyes glazed over by that point. My contract is ten million miles long. I have just sent this to my husband though, because I don’t know if he knows about this or does it. Maybe he does…. But thank you for pointing it out. Very helpful for small business employers!

  3. I’m thinking of accepting a voluntary redundancy later this year and will then find face finding a new job. I’ll know what this document is when I receive it now.


  4. That’s quite an interesting document. I seem to fall under a much older set of regulations at my job (though don’t quote me on that!), but I don’t mind as I think the conditions I have are much more generous than modern ones.

    I still personally take issue with the narrow definition of carers though – and while that’s because it impacts me personally, I also think for the general greater good of an ageing population, the definition of carer needs to be extended. The people I see who do so much informal and unrecognised caring for elderly parents; and what has shocked me is that it seems some aged care homes still expect family to take their elderly parents to things like doctors and hospital appointments. I’ll admit I don’t know much about the aged care sector but it seemed a bit ridiculous to me to hear of people taking time off work when someone who lives in care can’t get medical care without family?

    Having said all of that, I also know that in some industries you can’t just leave in the middle of the day to go do something, the work doesn’t work that way. It’s such a strange, interesting and frustrating part of employment law, I think. Right to request… but in some work places that doesn’t actually mean anything either due to totally genuine realistic issues or due to boss’ personal feelings on it.

    Sorry, rambled on a bit there!

  5. Huh, I had never seen or heard about that document (but then it’s been almost 4 years since I had a “proper” job, if you know what I mean. Maybe I should give myself a copy, lol!

  6. I’ve never seen or heard of that document but then I’m a bit out of the employment loop these days. Isn’t being a business owner like one never ending learning curve?! ?

  7. Gosh, I wonder if you have to receive this if you are a public servant? I’ve never seen one! I feel like I ought to know more about this. Off for a read. #teamIBOT

  8. Never seen or heard!! Oh dear! Will start asking questions, thanks for the heads up xx

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