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The 10 National Employment Standards

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The National Employment Standards or NES are the 10 minimum employment entitlements that have to be provided to all employees.  They are:

  1. maximum weekly hours – an employee can work a maximum of 38 ordinary hours in a week
  1. requests for flexible working arrangements – under certain conditions an employee who has been with the same employer for more than 12 months can request flexible working arrangements
  1. parental leave and related entitlements – in certain circumstances an employee is entitled to 12 months of unpaid parental leave
  1. annual leave – all employees except casual workers get paid annual leave
  1. sick and carers leave and compassionate leave – sick leave can be used be used if an employee is sick or injured and an employee may take time off to care for an immediate family or household member who is sick or injured
  1. community service leave – this is voluntary emergency management activities (this is unpaid), jury duty (in some situations paid). There is no time limit.
  1. long service leave – this is regulated by each State and Territory
  1. public holidays – an employee is entitled to paid public holidays in specific situations
  1. notice of termination and redundancy pay – to end an employee’s employment written notice must be given on their last day of employment
  1. fair work information statement – every new employee must be given this either before they start or as soon as practicable after they start their job

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