HR departments 'key' to addressing compliance complexities

'The complexity isn't just going away. In fact, it's actually accelerating'

HR departments 'key' to addressing compliance complexities

HR leaders are the "key" to addressing the workplace changes brought about by growing complexities across Australia, according to an expert.

Craig Wenham, District Vice President of Sales at Dayforce, made the remarks as he pointed out that workplaces are starting to see significant changes as complexities impact businesses.

According to Wenham, no organisation is immune to complexity, which is forcing them to "make more difficult trade-offs."

"The complexity isn't just going away. In fact, it's actually accelerating," Wenham said in a recent webinar hosted by HRD.

Among the considerations felt by HR today include work checks, visa validations, changes in visa legislation, temporary skills, shortage requirements, and changes to new skills, according to Wenham.

There are also considerations follow new legislation surrounding sexual harassment, he added, noting that it's no longer just about reacting to complaints but also putting preventive measures.

There also ongoing amendments with the Closing Loopholes Bill, backtracking and strengthening protections, changing in power, changing of employment and casual employees, changes in bargaining provisions, powers relating to gig workers, road transport industry, among others.

"We know that Australia has some of the most complex workplace laws in the world as HR leaders, there is a lot to consider today," he said.

Currently, more and more HR leaders are having a seat at the business decision table, according to Wenham, noting that many of their customers believe leaders can heavily influence decision making.

"As the masters of the employee record, HR departments are key to this change," he said.

Wenham joined Jason Low, CEO of the Association of Payroll Specialists, and Craig Aunger, founder and managing director of Pinpoint HRM, in a recent webinar to discuss Australia's compliance landscape. Watch the webinar here.

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