From 1 January 2010, all employers have an obligation to provide each new employee a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement (refer to the attached statement) which lists the 10 National Employment Statements (NES) entitlements as below:
- Maximum weekly hours of work
- Requests for flexible working arrangement
- Parental leave and related entitlements Annual leave
- Personal/ Carer’s leave (the old sick leave) and
- compassionate leave
- Community service leave
- Long service leave
- Public holidays
- Notice of termination and redundancy pay
- Provision of a Fair Work Information Statement
This statement must be handed to new employees before, or as soon as possible after, they start employment. There are significant penalties for the employers who fail to give a statement to a new employee. It is recommended that the employer retain details of how the statement was given.
Employers affected are those classified as trading corporations, employing people who earn less than $108,300
The new national workplace relations system is gradually introduced to some workplaces and occupations, and will be completely applicable from 1 July 2010, now might be the time for you to consider preparing new employment contracts or/and enterprise agreements covered by the Modern Awards relating to minimum wages, work arrangements, and leave entitlement etc.
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