As every new employee commences work their employer must provide them with certain documentation and the documentation from the Fair Work Commission has recently been updated. The Fair Work Commission publishes the Fair Work Information Statement, which is available online. This document must be provided to every new employee in Australia before they commence work or as soon as possible after they commence work.

For employees this document provides information about Australia’s employment laws and what governs them. It provides the minimum entitlements to workers known as the National Employment Standards or NES, and also lists the minimum wage for adult permanent and casual employees.

On 19 August 2019, the Full Federal Court handed down a decision in relation to the method of accruing and taking paid personal leave under the NES. This case is known as the Mondelez decision and confirmed that full time and part time employees are entitled to the same amount of paid personal/carer’s leave for each year of employment, being 10 days per year. The case is currently on appeal to the High Court but at the present time the Mondelez decision is law and the Fair Work Information Statement reflects the current law.

The Information Statement also details the requirements for ending employment, what notice period is required and what should be included in your final pay. If the employee believes the termination was unfair they have 21 days to file a claim in the Fair Work Commission.

For Employers, it is important you record when and how the Fair Work Information Statement was provided to all employees. If you require any assistance with employment law matters please contact our office because Helping You is Our Business.

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