Employers falling short on redundancies

by 18 Sep 2012

With more staff cuts being announced every day as private and public sector organisations alike act to stem costs in the face of economic uncertainty, a leading workplace relations lawyer has warned employers to be careful when letting staff go.

Joydeep Hor, managing principal of law firm People+Culture Strategies, says employer understanding of how to terminate staff employment in a fair yet commercial way is still a ‘massively underdeveloped skill’ in Australia.

“Whether it’s for redundancy reasons, performance, misconduct or just a bad fit, termination of employment and the law surrounding it is a very complex area that many employers just aren’t getting right,” said Hor, who is a speaker at the HR Summit Brisbane next month.

HR Summit director Stephanie Campanale said employment law was a hot issue at the moment with many HR teams and managers brushing up on their knowledge following some high-profile cases and legal decisions.

“Employers are realising the high cost in terms of money and reputation of getting it wrong, so they are taking steps to understand their legal obligations to each and every employee,” said Campanale.

The 2-day event in Brisbane marks the end of the 10th annual HR Summit series, which has been attended by thousands of HR professionals around Australia throughout the year.

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