Australian business owners may need to spend more time reviewing their workplace obligations after a recent survey found that a wide majority of small to medium enterprises in the country don’t have adequate workplace policies in place.
Out of the businesses surveyed, 77 per cent did not have established workplace policies for issues such as social media or drug and alcohol use, and roughly 40 per cent did not have employment contracts for employees working on a part-time, full-time or casual basis.
Around 17 per cent of businesses who had hired contractors did not have contract agreements, and for businesses who conducted sales online, just over one-fifth of them did not have website terms and conditions.
While it can be difficult to understand employer obligations (especially around employment contracts) and the fact that the costs of drawing up professional contracts can be quite expensive, owners operating under inadequate workplace policies risk breaching a number of laws and regulations.
The lead-up to the busy Christmas period may be an excellent time for businesses to review workplace policies and agreements to avoid experiencing any setbacks that may impact on sales during the busier months of the year.