13th February was established by Australian lawyer, Paul Brennan as Employee Legal Awareness day. Who knows why he picked 12th February, maybe it struck him on this day one year that there was perhaps a lack of information or knowledge of what employees’ rights were? However, he created the day with the aim to emphasise the importance of legal education for not only employees but small businesses and wanted to reduce the risk of any legal complications on both sides.
However, Brennan was also keen to accentuate that the onus of knowing your rights should not just sit with the Company you work with but also that you should ensure you are aware of the policies.
So, we have devised the top 4 things that as an employee, you should be ensuring you are aware of:
- Induction: when you join a Company, you should be offered a full induction that allows you to question any policies your new employer has.
- Know whose HR: understand who your HR manager is. If the business is too small to have a designated person for this role, ensure you know who organises holiday, or is responsible for any company policy procedures.
- Ask for a handbook: your employer should have a company handbook which should detail in full the following policies:
- Health and Safety
- Absence from work
- Holiday entitlement
- Email/phone use
- Information you must provide
- Office policies
- Equal opportunities
- Unsure still? Ask questions. If you’re unclear of any procedures, then make sure you ask? No employer will mind being asked any questions if you need clarification.
Employee legal awareness day is not a day just to make employees aware, its for business too as a way of reminding all that clear policies protect your business as much as it protects your staff, so why not make a day of it next February 12th 2020 and have some fun with it-use it as a time to remind all of the policies your company has and help clear up any questions.