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. The Fair Work Ombudsman has released an updated version of the FWIS that encompasses recent changes to the law and this new FWIS is the one businesses should be providing from now on.
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.
The reason for the update is due to the addition of Superannuation to the National Employment Standards.
“Superannuation has been a requirement that has lived in the Awards and in the tax laws. The changes that have moved superannuation into the National Employment Standards as an employee right have an immediate impact on all businesses”, explains ACAPMAs Elisha Radwanowski.
“As part of the NES the full remedies of the Fair Work Act and recourse to the Fair Work Commission are now available for employees if there are breaches to the superannuation requriements. This includes the heavy new wage theft penalties”.
“As the movement of super into the NES has changed the standard employee rights there is also a new updated Fair Work Information Statement that will have to be provided to all new employees from here on”, concluded Elisha.
“What is important for all businesses to understand, 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” concluded Elisha.
The new version of the Fair Work Information Statement can be downloaded from the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website at the following link; https://www.fairwork.gov.au/employment-conditions/information-statements/fair-work-information-statement
Elisha Radwanowski BCom(HRM&IR)
Executive Manager for Employment and Compliance