How to use the Fair Work Commission’s resources to hire an employee in Australia

By Vivian Michael | Employment

Let’s face it, not all startups pay to have a lawyer draft their legals from the start.

Now, that does not mean that startups need to go without. 

And no, I'm not saying you never ever see a lawyer for an employment issue.

However, I am saying there are resources out there that you can use right now, whatever your situation.

And if you are hiring a lawyer, read on anyway because it's important to know this information.

So let's begin.

Letter of engagement aka employment contract aka T&C

Whatever you want to call it, written terms that outline employment terms are key.

Also, while an employment contract can be verbal, written or a mix, it’s hard to dispute an issue if it's in writing.

And for that task, your easy DIY option is the Fair Work Commission’s Letter of Engagement. 

Now, regardless of whether you use the Fair Work template or one prepared by a lawyer, you need to give your employees a Fair Work Information Statement. 

Fair Work Information Statement

So what is it? It's a document from Fair Work that informs employees of their their entitlements. 

And, you need to give your employee the Fair Work Information statement before or as soon as possible after your employee starts work; you can get it here.

Also, on the Fair Work website, there are other resources that you can use for job ads, record keeping, varying hours of work, leave entitlements and managing performance.

Do you have any questions about fair work resources?


About the Author

Vivian Michael is a lawyer and founder of Michael Law Group. Vivian's mission is to make quality business legal services accessible to entrepreneurs launching in Australia that would otherwise DIY, rely on legacy contracts or go without.

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