Congratulations, all your hard work and planning has paid off and your organisation has grown to a point where it is necessary to take on a paid employee. Before taking on an employee there are several things you will need to consider, one of which is do you have policies and procedures in place in order to comply with NZ employment legislation?

By having policies and procedures in place you will be able to inform yourself as an employer about what your obligations and responsibilities are to your employees and your employees will be well informed about the way your organisation works.

These are a few essential areas that you should cover:

  • Health & safety
  • Recruitment and staffing
  • Complaints
  • Volunteers
  • Provision of services (e.g. vehicles, phone usage etc)
  • Financial management

Legislation you should be aware of (right click and open in a new tab to view a larger table):Employment Legislation Table

Contact Laura Jenkins at the NZARC if you need any help creating policies and procedures for your organisation.

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