Happy New Year 2017 | New Employee?

new-employeeHappy New Year 2017!

Many businesses employ new staff at the beginning of the year.

Did you know, all new employees must receive a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement with their employment contract?

Do you provide your employees with a written employment contract complete with the Fair Work Information Statement?

The Fair Work Information Statement provides new employees with information about their conditions of employment.  Business owners must ensure it is provided to all new employees as soon as possible after the commencement of employment. The Statement provides basic information on matters that will affect their employment. 

The Statement has information on:

  • the National Employment Standards (NES)
  • right to request flexible working arrangements
  • modern awards
  • making agreements under the Fair Work Act
  • individual flexibility arrangements
  • freedom of association and workplace rights (general protections)
  • termination of employment
  • right of entry
  • the role of the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Fair Work Commission.

As an example, employees have a right to request flexible working arrangements:

Right to request flexible working arrangements

Requests for flexible working arrangements form part of the NES. Employees may request a change in their working arrangements, including changes in hours, patterns or location of work from their employer if they require flexibility because they:

  • are the parent, or have responsibility for the care, of a child who is of school age or younger
  • are a carer (within the meaning of the Carer Recognition Act 2010)
  • have a disability
  • are 55 or older
  • are experiencing violence from a member of your family or
  • provide care or support to a member of your immediate family or household, who requires care or support because they are experiencing violence from their family.

If you are a parent of a child or have responsibility for the care of a child and are returning to work after taking parental or adoption leave you may request to return to work on a part-time basis to help you care for the child.


Call Classic today on 4638 3599 to make an appointment for a free, no-obligation chat to discuss your obligations with Lisa Lee who is the Human Resources Manager at Classic Recruitment & Human Resources.

Lisa can make sure you don’t miss anything!

She will give you access to some great resources, help you define and communicate your expectations, draft an appropriate employment contract and ensure you meet all of your obligations.

Happy New Year.