Employing People

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Employer Obligations

As an employer, you have a number of obligations to adhere to including legal obligations, paperwork and records, staff health and safety in the workplace, superannuation and taxation, anti-discrimination practices and insurance.

Your legal obligations relate to paying correct wages to staff, reimbursing them for work related expenses and not behaving in a way that could be damaging to their reputation or future earning potential. The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website has further guidelines regarding a number of employer obligations.

Employer and employee discussing obligationsAn employer must also be able to keep good records and paperwork in order to make sound and accurate business decisions. This will help to avoid errors or omissions when paying staff and keeping track of their entitlements.

It is an obligation of the employer to provide a safe workplace that employees can feel comfortable working within. It should be free of physical hazards as well as possible issues relating to employee mental health. Employers should aim to reduce the dangers that their employees are exposed to by following the Occupational Health and Safety guidelines.

Employers may be obliged to pay superannuation to employees based on their type of employment. There are tax regulations that must also be followed that are outlined by the Australian Taxation Office.

Employers must ensure that the workplace is free from discrimination and any other forms of harassment. All staff must have equal opportunity in the workplace in regards to incentives and promotions. This is important not only from a legal standpoint but to maintain good employee relations. When problems do arise, an employer should have a dispute resolution process in place to deal with the issues. You can read about these employer responsibilities on the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission website.