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Industrial Relations Advisory: What is a Human Resources Audit?

Recently a conciliation judgement recommended a Human Resources Audit which the HR Department of the company concerned had never heard of.  A Human Resources Audit is a systematic method of reviewing existing Human Resource policies, procedures, documentation and systems to determine the “health” of the Human Resource function.  This is often done by someone outside […]

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Industrial Relations Advisory: Sexual Harassment

Question: What does a company do when a charge of sexual harassment is made against a senior manager?   Answer: Let me first explain: there are two recognized forms of sexual harassment. The first is known as “quid pro quo” which is where an employer promises reward or punishment to an employee if the employee does […]

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Industrial Relations Advisory: Extended Sick Leave

Question: Can you tell me what gives an employee the right to extended sick leave? We have an employee who has been on paid sick leave for three working weeks, all duly covered by doctors’ certificates, as you said. He has now sent in a note requesting another four weeks off enclosing a medical certificate […]

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Industrial Relations Advisory: Freelancers

Question: I work for a fairly new company, and due to the recent drop in business, my company has been taking on “Freelancers” or “Contract Workers” when there is a project to handle or when there is (what turns out to be a temporary) upsurge in business, instead of taking on permanent staff that we […]

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