As an employer it’s likely you’re aware of the need to provide new staff with a copy of the Fair Work information statement fact sheet, but did you know that it’s recently undergone a redesign? In this blog, we breakdown what exactly the Fair Work Australia information statement is and why it’s changed.
What is The Fair Work Information Statement?
The Fair Work Information Statement (FWIS) is produced by the Fair Work Ombudsman and provides a summary of the rights employees have at work, including those enshrined in the National Employment Standards, State Law and the broader Fair Work Act.
The Fair Work Act 2007 requires that every new employee must receive a copy of the Fair Work Info Statement when they start work.
The Fair Work Information Statement is an informative guide for employees about their conditions of employment which forms part of the National Employment Standards or NES. This includes summarising rights to paid and unpaid leave, rights to protected action, the rights of the employee when a business changes hands, the rights of the employee when employment ends, as well as where the employee should go for further information and assistance. It also includes information on the National Minimum Wage and the functioning of the Award and Agreement structure.
Failure to provide employees with the Fair Work Information Statement can result in penalties of up to $54,000 for a corporation.
What’s Changed with the Fair Work Information Statement?
Whilst the FWIS is usually updated around June each year to reflect changes to minimum wages, this change is a little different.
Fair Work Australia has recently updated the Fair Work Information Statement following a Full Federal Court decision handed down on 21 August 2019 which confirmed the correct method for accruing and taking paid personal/carer’s leave under the National Employment Standards.
The information in the Fair Work Information Statement has been updated to reflect this decision. An appeal of this decision will be heard by the High Court next year, but in the meantime, the decision made on 21 August 2019 is the current state of the law and applies to affected employers and employees. Find out more about this decision.
If you need any additional information regarding this decision, you should read the case summary by our partner employment law firm, EI Legal, here.
The new Fair Work Information Statement also completely changes the look and feel of the document to make it easier for employees to understand their entitlements.
Old Information Statement Fact Sheet vs New Information Statement Fact Sheet
This image shows the Australian Fair Work Information Statement before and after the 2019 update
You can find the updated information statement in Employment Hero.
How Can Employment Hero Help?
Employers have to give every new employee a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement before, or as soon as possible after they start their new job.
To help make employment easier to manage Employment Hero automatically provides all employees access to a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement fact sheet when they are inducted via our platform.
If you’re already using Employment Hero, the new Fair Work Information Statement has already been updated in the platform.
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