UpdatesDec 01, 2020

Creating effective workplace policies

Workplace policies can be essential, or highly desirable, for defending workplace litigation commenced by an employee or regulator.

By Kelly Godfrey

Workplace policies can be essential, or highly desirable, for defending workplace litigation commenced by an employee or regulator. Workplace policies assist in outlining the expectations for conduct in the workplace and form a basis for disciplinary action when compliance fails. Policies also help employers prove they have taken reasonably practicable steps to comply with their statutory and contractual obligations.

The three most important types of policies to have in the workplace are:

State and federal legislation require that employers ensure the health, welfare and safety of workplace participants; and take all reasonably practicable steps to avoid discrimination, harassment and bullying in the workplace. These policies also require a complaints mechanism or procedure.

Workplace policies must:

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