Top Human Resources Challenges for Business in 2020
The end of the financial year has just arrived, the first few weeks are spent on finalising your financials, but what about a review of your HR.
A quick checklist is below to think about;
Do You Have An Organizational Chart? ….
A simple company structure document will assist you with current and future decisions related to workforce planning, outsourcing, and succession plans. Who reports to whom? How do teams and sub-teams be structured?
Do You Have An Appropriate Workplace Policy Manual?.......
Your obligations to your employees extend beyond the employment contract. A Policy and Procedures Manual, distributed to all staff, should cover critical areas, including discrimination/bullying/harassment, OHS, social media use, drug/alcohol use, performance management and termination.
Make sure that you have these included in your Policy and Procedures Manual:
A policy outlining the standards of business conduct
A method in place for gathering feedback or complaints
A plan for how you’ll address issues if they arise
Paid time off policy or annual leave, personal leave
Are Salaries, Terms And Conditions Of Employment Reviewed To Ensure Currency?......
Check the salaries of all your staff members and ensure that they are in line with relevant awards and any other statutory requirements. Any underpayments could see you liable for penalties.
Your employment contracts and on-boarding processes should be regularly reviewed to ensure they remain compliant with any changes to the law.
Your employment contracts must expressly state the minimum notice period required to be given in the event of termination. This must be at least equal to the minimum amount specified in the National Employment Standards.
If your business has employees that are paid a salary pursuant to an annualised salary clause under a modern award, their employment contract must specifically identify which provisions of the Award are modified by the annualised salary arrangement.
All new employees are provided with the most recent Fair Work Information Statement, which was introduced on 1 July 2016.
Have You Taken Into Account The New National Minimum Wage? …….
Following the Annual Wage Review 2021, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced a 2.5% increase to the minimum wages for 2021-22 financial year. The national minimum wage (NMW) will increase to $772.60 per week (or $20.33 an hour) from 1 July 2021.
Do Employees Have A Training And Development Plan? …….
Conducting regular training can assist the Company in managing legal risks including reducing safety incidents and avoiding inappropriate workplace behaviour. Has it been a while since your workforce has undergone Sexual Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination training?
Do you have a development plan in place for each employee… Employee development plans are action plans, working documents used actively by both the employee and line manager. They ensure the employee is growing personally, developing their ability to achieve more in the workplace, and meet the organisation's goals.
Is Our Business Compliant With The Relevant Award?........
A large proportion of Australian workers, including those in hospitality, retail, trades and clerical roles, are covered by modern awards.
If your employees are award-covered:
Are you meeting your minimum obligations under the applicable award? This includes with regard to the relevant overtime and penalty rates, allowances and meal break provisions.
Have you identified the appropriate classification for each employee?
Are you aware of the recent changes to Annual Leave provisions in modern awards that could impact your business?