As an employer, the demands and complexities of workplace issues facing you and your business are likely to evolve as quickly as the world around you. In recent months, you may have found yourself expressing gratitude for the human resources practices adopted by your organization with a newfound appreciation. In the same breath, it's also likely that you may have identified current gaps in such framework.

Consider these three questions:

  • Do you use written contracts for your employees? If so, do they cover such things as termination of employment; confidentiality; non-disclosure and non-solicitation?
  • Do you provide cell phones or laptops to your employees? If so, do you have an acceptable use policy in place?
  • Do you have a respectful workplace policy? If so, does it provide a clear process for resolving complaints?

Now, consider the last time such contracts and policies have been reviewed for compliance - thoroughly. If it's been more than two years, we believe it's time to take a closer look.

McInnes Cooper's Labour and Employment Team offers 30-minute virtual consultations, free of charge, to discuss these and other questions.

Taking place over the phone or by video conference, our complimentary workplace audit aims to address your workplace concerns and identify ways to manage and protect your human resources. Together, we can identify any gaps and advise you on next steps to ensure compliance with best practices, limiting your exposure to risk, as you make decisions going forward.

Originally published 20 May, 2020

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