ELM TV EXCLUSIVE – Partner at Page Seager, David Dilger, spoke to us about a key takeaway from the HR Law Masterclass series; that of “procedural fairness”. This short video highlights some key considerations within internal processes, and links it with some top tips regarding workplace investigations.
In regards to mental health in the workplace, Nathan Luke advises that “employers would be wise to get legal advice to be sure they are complying with the law, as penalties can be severe.” He highlights that “employers have legal obligations to avoid discrimination.”
“It is a fundamental entitlement of an employee to take parental leave to care for a child and not be prejudiced or disadvantaged for exercising that right in the workplace,” writes Tim Greenall of Madgwicks. Learn more on Heraud v Roy Morgan Research Limited ( FCCA 1797).
Nathan Luke reminds us that “if you have certain expectations of your employees regarding appearance, you should have a clear, written policy setting out the relevant rules. This policy should be clearly articulated to employees before they accept the job.” Read more here.
Experienced Diversity & Inclusion consultant Diane Utatao provides us with excellent advice on how to develop, implement and support D&I initiatives in this exclusive interview. She cites “deciding what you want to achieve with your strategy, making the difficult choices and overcoming resistance & culture change” as the three biggest roadblocks to workplace D&I alignment with business.
“Employers should implement a clear workplace policy in relation to discrimination and the standard of conduct it requires from its employees and any other persons at the workplace. However, it’s not enough to simply have a policy in place,” writes Joanna Knoth of MDC Legal.
Tiffany Campbell of Holding Redlich reminds us in this informative submission that “Managers are your front-line for reinforcing company values and culture, managing staff and driving results.” With this said, there have been a recent spate of workers’ compensation decisions, however, “where consequences on businesses when managers fail to act reasonably when managing employees.”
In this article we gain some case study insights from Consultant, Michael Minns on the topic of absenteeism. He also reminds HR and management teams that analysing your current workplace absenteeism is a good place to start when looking to manage this complex and multifaceted phenomena.
If you employ fewer than 100, you’re off the reporting hook. However, private sector employers with more than 100 employees are required to submit a report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency between 1 April and 31 May each year, relating to the preceding 12 month period.
When engaging a new employee it is important to “establish a system that will put the business in the best possible position to secure the right person for the job”. Legal issues to consider: employers need to be frank with candidates regarding the nature, terms and conditions of employment and that they do not fall foul of anti-discrimination laws.