December 15, 2018

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

Updated: 8 December 2019

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

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

However, I am saying there are resources out there that you can use right now, whatever your situation if you cannot get a lawyer's help.

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 or employer 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

As founder and lawyer at Michael Law Group, Vivian advises Australia's top entrepreneurs on business and employment matters. Clients benefit from Vivian's commercially focussed and pragmatic legal advice, business experience, and commitment to deliver the best quality business legal services to her clients.

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