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Are HR Issues always tied to Employment Law?

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Jef Lippiatt Co-founder at Startup Chucktown
Hi Jeff,In a general sense yes HR issues are tied to legal issues. For example I have a client who wanted to dismiss an employee via text message, which is a legal issue and could end up with your company being sued for unfair dismissal. It is important to always have the legal aspect of HR covered when dealing with employees for instance understanding the National Employment Standards which set out rights and entitlements , that are legally enforceable. Having good HR policies and procedures means less chance of litigation. The one area I wold like to remind employers is that of social media. It is good to also have a social media policy about what can be posted on to personal website relating to work issues and work functions. The better you communicate your policy the better you will be covered from a legal point of view.
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Great article Ben! I established Custodian Safety Services an OHS consultancy specialising in providing occupational health and safety related support to SME's that have need professional advice but cannot afford to employ a full time adviser. We provide an affordable solution to the problem. Quite often we work with small businesses that make it over the first hurdles in employment you outlined above only to encounter the next set of hurdles in continual OHS managment when the business grows and production and employees doubles or trebles!
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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Thanks for these helpful tips Ben, I am guilty of shopping from the US way too much. It's a vicious cycle because it doesn't make it easier for retailers here to make a profit.