Introducing Harmers HR Templates

Harmers is delighted to offer our valued clients a suite of easily-tailorable HR templates providing employers with legally-compliant employment-related contracts, correspondence, policies, and workflows.

The Harmers HR Templates are ideal for all businesses aiming to achieve compliance with Australia’s complex employment laws and best-practice in human resources management. Our templates can be seamlessly integrated into your human resources practice management.

The introductory suite of documents is now available via an annual subscription. Please click here to view offer.

The templates have been updated to take into account the following recent Australian legal changes:

  • Domestic Violence Leave:

In August 2018 all Modern Awards were amended by the Fair Work Commission to include a clause covering unpaid leave to deal with domestic violence. In December 2018, the Fair Work Act was amended, operative from 12 December 2018, to insert a new employment standard relating to such leave.

  • Flexible Working arrangements

In November 2018, the Fair Work Commission varied all Modern Awards with effect from 1 December 2018 by inserting new provisions relating to flexible working arrangements (expanding the entitlements and obligations in respect of flexible working arrangements).

  • Casual Entitlements

The Federal Court of Australia decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131 considered the nature of casual employment and described the factors which suggest a person is a casual employee (such as irregular work patterns, uncertainty, discontinuity, intermittency of work and unpredictability). This can impact on entitlements which so-called casual employee receive. While the impact of the decision is still to be finally determined, the documents now reflect that decision,

  • Conversion of Casual Employees to Part-time or Full-time employees

In August 2018, the Fair Work Commission inserted a model clause dealing with conversion of casual employees to permanent employment into many Modern Awards, with effect from 1 October 2018. These clauses give casual employees the right to request conversion to permanent employment if they meet certain criteria: they have been employed for a particular period (usually12 months or more) and they work a pattern of hours on an ongoing basis which the employee could continue to perform as a full-time employee or part-time employee (as applicable) without significant adjustment. There are now significant new obligations on employers of casual workers to ensure their employees are aware of the provisions.

We anticipate publishing Stage 2 of our template library in 2019. These additional templates will cater for a wider and more complex range of HR issues. There will be an opportunity for Stage 1 subscribers to upgrade to this comprehensive subscription package.

Please direct all enquiries to:

Emailhrtemplatesteam@harmers.com.au
Phone: +61 2 9267 4322

HR Templates Subscriptions: Jane Kewin, Client Service & Communications Director
HR Templates Legal Advice: Emma Pritchard, Executive Counsel & Team Leader