Many employers are aware of most of the National Employment Standards, but many neglect the last one, which states that an employer must give each employee the Fair Work Information Statement (“FWIS”) published by the Fair Work Ombudsman before, or as soon as practicable after, the employee starts employment.
The FWIS provides new employees with information about their conditions of employment.
The FWIS has information on:
- the National Employment Standards
- right to request flexible working arrangements
- modern awards
- making agreements under the Fair Work Act 2009
- individual flexibility arrangements
- freedom of association and workplace rights (general protections)
- termination of employment
- right of entry, and
- the role of the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Fair Work Commission.
The FWIS can be given to new employees:
- in person
- by mail
- by email
- by emailing a link to the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website, or
- by fax.
The FWIS was recently updated by the Fair Work Ombudsman, so ensure you are providing the correct version to your new employees. The current version is on the MTA member website, as well as the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.
Substantial penalties can apply for employers failing to provide the FWIS to new employees, up to $10,800 for an individual or $54,000 for a company.
If you have any questions about the National Employment Standards or the FWIS, contact the WR team on (08) 8291 2000 or at email@example.com.