Event Report: HR Policies

2 February 2014

Your human resources policies and procedures are in place, but are they implemented and consistently followed?

ACA – Qld is soon launching a series of HR Policy Templates, which can be tailored to suit the specific needs of Queensland practices.

In the lead-up to this, Tameka Bramwell of Bramwell Partners addressed the topic HR Policies: Protecting your front-line intelligence! at a lunch forum on 8 November 2013. Tameka outlined the importance of adopting clear, current and well-documented HR policies and procedures to minimise the risk of a Fair Work Claim. Tameka also reinforced why it is important to be proactive and shared many case studies including the following:

  • An employer was recently fined $25,000 by the Fair Work Commissioner because they were unable to provide documented evidence of the acceptance by the employee of the terms and conditions of their employment.
  • An employer was fined $45,000 by the Fair Work Commissioner for failing to have a documented HR system. This was associated with an unfair dismissal claim made by an employee in middle management.

This article first appeared in ACA Communique, December 2013.