Workplace Policies and Procedures

Workplace Policies and Procedures

Q.What are workplace policies and procedures?
A.They are written statements and processes that set out both employer and employee obligations in the workplace. They cover aspects such as health and safety, induction, anti-discrimination, bullying and harassment, grievance and dispute management, employment termination and wages, mobile phone usage, email and the internet use and much more.

Q.Why the need for policies and procedures?
A.These measures aim to ensure that businesses provide their employees with a healthy and safe work environment, and treat staff with fairness and equality. They also assist business owners to meet their legislative obligations. By following policies and procedures, they are less likely to face costly legal action over a dispute with an employee.

Q.Do we really have to have policies and procedures in place for our small business?
A.Yes. Fair Work Australia Rules require businesses (which is any place where work is done) to have employment-related policies and procedures in place. You risk severe penalties if you don’t comply with the legislation.

Q.What sort of fines could I face?
A.An individual breach can cost up to $33,000 per breach.

Q.I operate a home-based business with just one employee. Am I exempt from having policies and procedures in place?
A.No, even a home-based business is a ‘place where work is done’.

Q.Is it necessary to have an industrial relations and HR consultant implement our workplace policies and procedures?
A.As long as you have a full understanding of Fair Work Australia Rules and your legislative obligations, you can implement these measures yourself. However industrial relations represent a highly complex and constantly-changing area of Australian law, and a business cannot afford to get it wrong. Industrial Relations Advisory Group tailors solutions to meet specific business needs and budgets; and we can provide a range of practical management tools for you to implement yourself or assist by taking you through the process.

Q.What are the advantages of engaging industrial relations and HR consultants?
A.These professionals offer a specialist service to business owners, and they stay up to date with all legislative changes. They allow business owners to concentrate on their own areas of expertise without having to worry about people issues.