You can’t cut corners on workplace compliance

Workplace compliance issues like safety at work, underpayments, record keeping failures, wrongful dismissals and adverse action claims loom large in the news.

Australia’s safety and workplace relations systems can be confusing and very few employers, no matter how big or small, rarely get this minefield of employment legislation completely right.

Ensuring a business starts right.

While every business owner must have insurance to protect themselves from unbudgeted risks, most would agree, insurance is no substitute for getting it right from the get-go. The Fair Work Act, National Employment standards and the Modern award system are designed to govern how a business employs, how people are managed and how much they’re paid.

More than 54 per cent of business owners facing unfair dismissal claims last year, were unable to successfully defend themselves. Employment practices liability insurance claims are constantly on the rise, along with increased premiums placed on small business owners.

What can NIBA members do?

Employsure, Australia’s most successful workplace relations advisory service suggests most claims could have been avoided if business owners didn’t underestimate the extensive legislations around managing staff and ensured their employment contracts had been drafted by employment law specialists.

As insurance brokers, you’re not expected to be experts on Fair Work or HR best practices. However, you may find conversations arise with clients around Employment Practices. When this happens, we encourage you to offer your clients a complimentary Business Health Check from Employsure. This complimentary service includes:

–       Employment contract and HR policy review.

–       Wage review: Confirm employees are paid correctly under their award.

–       Fair Work compliance consultation with an Employsure specialist.

Employsure is Australia’s leading workplace relations specialist working directly with employers. Find out more about Employsure’s partner rewards program for Insurance Brokers and the complimentary Business Health Check for your clients. Contact Julie Glynn, Employsure Channel Manager via email on: julie.glynn@employsure.com.au or call on: 0499 075 673.