Policies & procedures (361 items)

"Gardening leave" timeframes must be reasonable

"Gardening leave" clauses in employment contracts can be an effective means to keep company secrets out of competitors' hands and prevent departing employees from disrupting the workplace, providing they are not enforced for an "unreasonable" length of time, according to a senior employment lawyer. » more »


Focus engagement efforts on "flight risk" workers

HR managers should put in place strategies to encourage "passively engaged" or "flight risk" employees to share in the company's visions and goals, rather than investing in the small proportion of workers who don't want to be there at all, Westpac's strategy and metrics manager says. » more »



Employers to face employee requests for flexibility, under proposed IR laws

Employees with children will for the first time have a legislated right to request flexibility in their work arrangements, while employers will have a countervailing right to refuse requests on "reasonable business grounds", if the federal government's new industrial relations bill becomes law. » more »