It is a requirement that all staff are provided with a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement, which provides a simple summary of the employees rights at work. This week the Fair Work Ombudsman has released an updated version of the FWIS that aims to provide a clearer, and more visually accessible format for the traditional information.
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.
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.
The FWIS includes information on the National Minimum Wage and the functioning of the Award and Agreement structure.
The FWIS is typically updated in June each year to reflect the changes to the minimum wage and to the high income threshold. It is unusual for the FWIS to be updated at this time of the year.
“What is I important for all businesses to underrated, is that the requirement is for the latest version of the Fair Work Information Statement to be provided to staff, so all business should be accessing the new Statement and circulating to staff as appropriate” explained Elisha Radwanowski, Executive Manage for Employment and Training for ACAPMA.
The new version of the Fair Work Information Statement can be downloaded from the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website at the following link, this is a perpetual link, that will always link to the most recent version of the FWIS; https://www.fairwork.gov.au/employee-entitlements/national-employment-standards/fair-work-information-statement