HR Essentials Series: Part 3: Policies and Procedures: Employment Policies
Workplaces are often governed by policies. As an employer it is your responsibility to ensure that your policies are relevant, communicated and being enforced. A HR Business Partner is often a key player in ensuring employers are aware and proactive to creating, communicating, training and continuously updating their policies to reflect current legislation and best practices.
Here are some policies that are mandatory for meeting legislation as well as mitigating common employee issues:
Workplace Health and Safety
Impairment in the Workplace
Progressive Discipline and Termination
Accessibility and accommodation
Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure
Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace
Having policies in place is just the beginning. Having policies that are not communicated, trained on or enforced are almost as bad as not having them. It is important for all employers to ensure that employees receive communication about policies and their revisions, receive effective training on the policy requirements, expectations and potential repercussions, and sign off on all training and receipt of policy.
It is best practices to:
Review policies annually
Communicate changes and updates to employees formally with acknowledgement of receipt
Provide opportunities for employees to provide feedback on the policies
Explain and outline any procedures that accompany any and all policies
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