Employment separation certificate

This is a certificate in which an employer provides basic employment details of a former employee who wishes to apply to the federal Department of Social Security for unemployment benefits.

 
Definition and scope
 
This is a certificate in which an employer provides basic employment details of a former employee who wishes to apply to the federal Department of Social Security for unemployment benefits.
 
The certificate should state the reason for stopping work and the date work stopped. Employers are required by law to issue employment separation certificates on request.
 
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Key issues
 
When to provide
 
The employer is required to provide this certificate, upon request from the ex-employee. There is no compulsion to provide the certificate unless requested.
 
Accuracy
 
It is important that the separation certificate is properly authorised, or at the very least sighted by management.
 
The certificate should accurately state the reason for stopping work. An incorrect reason may lead to unintended and problematic consequences. For example in one case, an employee who was told that his employment had been terminated as a result of operational requirements, was issued with a Separation Certificate claiming unsatisfactory work performance. He then used the information on the certificate to take an action for unfair dismissal (see Jut v Lantog Pty Ltd t/a Advance Metal Industries Australia, Print R8737, [1999] 1036 AIRC, Harrison C).
 

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