As part of the changes made to the Fair Work Act, on 27 March 2021 the Fair Work Ombudsman has published the first version of the Casual Employment Information Statement (CEIS). Small business employers are required to provide casual employees with a copy now, and other businesses are encouraged to provide a copy now, but required to provide a copy by no later than 27 September 2021.
Employers will be familiar with the Fair Work Information Statement (FWIS) that has to be provided to all staff. As per Section 125 of the Fair Work Act, before the changes, an employer must give each employee the Fair Work Information Statement before, or as soon as practicable after, they employee starts employment. The Fair Work Information Statement is updated regularly and the most recent version can be found at the perpetual link here – https://www.fairwork.gov.au/employee-entitlements/national-employment-standards/fair-work-information-statement.
The changes to the Fair Work Act that passed late in March 2021 add to this Section and creates a second Information Statement, one that is specifically for Casuals – the first of the CEIS is available now, however it is advised that the location on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website is not its permanent home so while the link will work for now, a search on the fairwork.gov.au website for CEIS may be required once the statement moves off the ‘new’ section. For now the link can be found here – https://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media-releases/website-news/reforms
This Casual Employment Information Statement must be given to casual employees IN ADDITION to them receiving the Fair Work Information Statement. Casual Employees must receive both the FWIS and the CEIS.
ACAPMA advises members to;
- download the CEIS and provide all casual employees with a copy of the CEIS now
- add distribution of the CEIS to the businesses new starter process for casual staff
- add distribution of the CEIS to the businesses Confirmation of Employment process for casual staff
ACAPMA will advise members when the CEIS has a permanent home and the permanent link can be added to processes, until then the downloaded version is recommended to be stored locally.
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Elisha Radwanowski BCom(HRM &IR)
Executive Manager Employment and Training