Employment Law Update
Reminder: Fair Work Information Sheet

Seamus Burke
November 2014

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Since 1 January 2010, employers have been required to provide a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement (Statement) to all new employees as soon as possible after the commencement of employment.

The penalty for failing to give the Statement to a new employee is $10,200 for individuals and $51,000 for a body corporate.

The Statement may be given to an employee by a number of methods including by:

  • giving it personally to the employee;
  • sending it by pre-paid post to the employee’s residential address or a postal address nominated by the employee;
  • sending it to the employee’s email address at work or to another email address nominated by the employee;
  • sending by email to the employee’s email address at work or to another email address nominated by the employee an electronic link to the page on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website where the Statement is located or an electronic link that takes the employee directly to a copy of the Statement on the employer’s intranet; or
  • faxing it to the employee’s fax number at work, fax number at home or another fax number nominated by the employee.

It is recommended that an employer keep records of how the Statement was given to an employee.

A copy of the Statement can be found at: http://www.fairwork.gov.au/Employee-entitlements/National-Employment-Standards/fair-work-information-statement

For further information, please contact:

Seamus Burke | Partner
P: +61 2 4926 1733
seamus@lbclawyers.com.au

This document contains information only and should not be relied upon by anyone as constituting legal advice