HR Policy Essentials

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Improve organizational HR policies to reduce risk, improve employee relations, and facilitate consistent management decision making.

Human resources policies that are clear and consistent in their methodology can strengthen employee relations and improve an organization's overall HR practices. This course will examine the key policy considerations, tasks and stakeholder consultation needed to ensure understanding and buy-in to policy intent and content.

Participants will understand the process of writing a new HR policy and be able to critically assess and identify gaps in an existing HR policy. In addition, participants will review how to build an employee communications plan for implementing new and amended HR policies.

Key provisions from select Newfoundland & Labrador' labour legislation and other relevant legislation that relate to HR policies will be covered.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Manage the Human Resources policy life cycle
  • Assess how policies are aligned with legislation and collective agreements to maintain credibility and to support managers in their decision making and people management practices
  • Identify the difference between a policy, procedure, and guidelines
  • Recognize the do's and don'ts for HR policy writing and review real-world policy examples
  • Consider key considerations related to specific key policies to reduce employer risk of liability
  • Identify proven communication practices for increasing employee compliance and awareness of HR policies

Past Participants Said:

"Always a great learning environment and knowledge to bring back to the workplace"

"The realist approach was SO refreshing and helpful. The instructor took time to address individual questions and took care to consider different sectors and cultures when discussing policy and approaches to it."

"Exceeded my expectation. I took a lot of knowledge away but also assured me on some company practices currently being used."

This is a module in the Human Resource Professional Program.

Continuing Education Contact Hours: 7

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