Workplace Fact sheets

Workplace Relations Fact Sheets

Employsure’s fact sheets provide you with an informative overview of the wide range of obligations faced by employers under the national workplace relations framework.

 Annual leave

Employees, other than casual employees, are entitled to 4 weeks of annual leave per year, or 5 weeks per year if they are a "shift worker". more

Community Service Leave

An employee who engages in an eligible community service activity is entitled to be absent from his or her employment for a period where they are engaging in the eligible activity, reasonable travelling time associated with it and reasonable rest and recovery time. more

Fair Work Information Statement

The FWIS is a fact sheet containing information for employee about their workplace entitlements under the Act. An employer must give each employee, employed on or after 1 January 2011, a copy of the FWIS as soon as reasonably practicable after they commence employment. more

Flexible Working Arrangements for Parents

An employee who has the responsibility for the care of a child under school age, or child under 18 with a disability, may make a request to their employer for a change in their working arrangements to assist the employee to care for the child. more

National Employment Standards

The National Employment Standards are 10 minimum standards of employment set out in the Fair Work Act 2009 which apply to all national system employees and employers. more

Paid Parental Leave

From 1 January 2011, eligible employees are entitled to a maximum of 18 weeks of paid parental leave ("PPL") associated with the birth or adoption of a child for which they have the primary care, paid at the National Minimum Wage by the Federal Government (currently $569.90 per week). more

Parental Leave Timeline

The laws surrounding unpaid parental leave can be confusing and complex, this timeline aims to give employers a simple overview of what they need to do and when by, when they have an employee who is taking unpaid parental leave. more

Parental Leave

Under the parental leave and related provision in the Fair Work Act 2009, there are a number of different entitlements such as, adoption related entitlements, birth related entitlements, provisions which apply only to pregnant employees, and some provisions which apply to all employees.  more

Personal and Carers Leave

An employee, other than a casual employee, is entitled to 10 days of personal/carer’s leave per year of continuous service with their employer. An employee’s entitlement to personal/carer’s leave accrues progressively throughout the year according to their ordinary hours of work. more 

Public Holidays

An employee is entitled to be absent from work on a day or part day that is a public holiday in the place where the employee is based for work purposes. However, an employer may request an employee to work a public holiday if the request is reasonable. more

Termination and Redundancy

An employee, other than a casual employee, is entitled to at least the minimum amount of notice and redundancy pay set out in the National Employment Standards based on their years of continuous service with the employer. more

Maximum Weekly Working Hours

An employer must not request or require a full time employee to work more than 38 hours of work in a week, unless the additional hours are reasonable. more

Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (VIC)

The Act covers discrimination in employment, as well as a range of other areas, as well as sexual harassment in the workplace and victimisation. more

  

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