July Updates to Our Employee Manual Products Released

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18 Jul, 2023

We’ve recently made updates to our HR Policies and Procedures Manuals, including the Employee Induction Kit, NDIS Self Managers Direct Employment, and NDIS Support Worker Agency manuals.

These updates reflect changes to the Parental Leave Scheme, recent court decisions relating to rostering employees on public holidays and Christmas Closedowns. We also added new policies relating to rest and meal breaks and breaks between shifts.

Quick links to the updates we have just released:

 

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Instant HR Policies & Procedures

V9.14 – 18 July 2023

HR Policies – New Policies

  • Chapter 2 – Hours of Work and Rosters – Rest and Meal Breaks. Added a new section referring employees to their Industrial Award or Agreement.
  • Chapter 2 – Hours of Work and Rosters – Breaks Between Shifts. Added a new section referring employees to their Industrial Award or Agreement.

 

HR Policies – Updated Sections

  • Chapter 2 – Leave – Public Holidays. Provisions amended as a result of an appeal before the Full Court of the Federal Court regarding automatically rostering employees to work on a public holiday. You now have to give employees the opportunity to refuse working on a public holiday, and to give their reasons. Only after discussion or negotiation can an employer require the employee to work if the request was reasonable and the employee’s refusal was unreasonable.
  • Chapter 2 – Leave – Christmas Closedowns. Provisions amended as a result of a ruling of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission. The main change to our existing policy is the requirement that all employees be notified in writing at least 28 days before the closedown, and the addition of provisions relating to options if an employee does not have sufficient accrued leave to cover the closedown.
  • Chapter 2 – Parental Leave. Totally rewritten to reflect the changes from the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Protecting Worker Entitlements) Bill.

Induction Manual

  • Intro Sections – Updated the acknowledgement of receipt and the Managing Director’s welcome sections to provide the location of the full version of your policies and procedures.
  • Acceptable Use of IT – Section updated to match the main HR Manual.
  • Acceptable Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Addition of a new section to match the main HR Manual.
  • Emails – Added a new section at the beginning to remind employees that emails are not confidential to match the main HR Manual.

HR Forms

  • Parental Leave Notification Form. Revised to reflect updated terms and changes to entitlements.
  • Parental Leave – Application to Vary Leave Within the Initial 12 months. Minor typo adjustments.
  • Parental Leave – Application to Request to Extend Leave Beyond Initial 12 months. Revised to reflect changes to entitlements.

    NDIS Support Worker Agency – HR Manual

    V1.11 – 18 July 2023

    HR Policies – New Policies

    • Chapter 2 – Hours of Work and Rosters – Rest and Meal Breaks. Added a new section referring employees to their Industrial Award or Agreement.
    • Chapter 2 – Hours of Work and Rosters – Breaks Between Shifts. Added a new section referring employees to their Industrial Award or Agreement.

    HR Policies – Updated Sections

    • Chapter 2 – Leave – Public Holidays. Provisions amended as a result of an appeal before the Full Court of the Federal Court regarding automatically rostering employees to work on a public holiday. You now have to give employees the opportunity to refuse working on a public holiday, and to give their reasons. Only after discussion or negotiation can an employer require the employee to work if the request was reasonable and the employee’s refusal was unreasonable.
    • Chapter 2 – Leave – Christmas Closedowns. Provisions amended as a result of a ruling of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission. The main change to our existing policy is the requirement that all employees be notified in writing at least 28 days before the closedown, and the addition of provisions relating to options if an employee does not have sufficient accrued leave to cover the closedown.
    • Chapter 2 – Parental Leave. Totally rewritten to reflect the changes from the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Protecting Worker Entitlements) Bill.

    Induction Manual

    • Hours of Work, Rosters and Timesheets. Paragraph referring to rest and meal breaks added.
    • Other Leave. Revised to reflect updated terms.
    • Christmas Closedowns. Revised to reflect updated policy.

    HR Forms

    • Parental Leave Notification Form. Revised to reflect updated terms and changes to entitlements.
    • Parental Leave – Application to Vary Leave Within the Initial 12 months. Minor typo adjustments.
    • Parental Leave – Application to Request to Extend Leave Beyond Initial 12 months. Revised to reflect changes to entitlements.

      NDIS Self Managers Direct Employment HR Manual

      V1.13 – 18 July 2023

      HR Policies – New Policies

      • Chapter 2 – Hours of Work and Rosters – Rest and Meal Breaks. Added a new section referring employees to their Industrial Award or Agreement.
      • Chapter 2 – Hours of Work and Rosters – Breaks Between Shifts. Added a new section referring employees to their Industrial Award or Agreement.

      HR Policies – Updated Sections

      • Chapter 2 – Leave – Public Holidays. Provisions amended as a result of an appeal before the Full Court of the Federal Court regarding automatically rostering employees to work on a public holiday. You now have to give employees the opportunity to refuse working on a public holiday, and to give their reasons. Only after discussion or negotiation can an employer require the employee to work if the request was reasonable and the employee’s refusal was unreasonable.
      • Chapter 2 – Parental Leave. Totally rewritten to reflect the changes from the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Protecting Worker Entitlements) Bill.

      Induction Manual

      • Hours of Work, Rosters and Timesheets. Paragraph referring to rest and meal breaks added.
      • Other Leave. Revised to reflect updated terms.

      HR Forms

      • Parental Leave Notification Form. Revised to reflect updated terms and changes to entitlements.
      • Parental Leave – Application to Vary Leave Within the Initial 12 months. Minor typo adjustments.
      • Parental Leave – Application to Request to Extend Leave Beyond Initial 12 months. Revised to reflect changes to entitlements.

      New Employee Inductions

      V1.1.7 – 5 July 2023

      New Employee Induction Book

      • No Changes

      Induction Manual

      • Hours of Work, Rosters, and Timesheets. Paragraph referring to rest and meal breaks added.
      • Other Leave. Revised to reflect updated terms.
      • Christmas Closedowns. Provisions amended as a result of a ruling of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission. The main change to our existing policy is the requirement that all employees be notified in writing at least 28 days before the closedown, and the addition of provisions relating to options if an employee does not have sufficient accrued leave to cover the closedown.

      HR Forms

      • No Changes
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