The importance of workplace policies

All employers need to maintain, develop and implement appropriate workplace policies in their business.

The need for these policies is not only compliance with relevant legislation, but also to protect the businesses against claims which might arise from inappropriate conduct of employees. Creating and enforcing workplace policies is one way in which employers may be able to effectively prevent or manage such claims.

Putting in place suitable policies can be a time-consuming task and one that is potentially dangerous for those who are not familiar with the legislative and contractual requirements involved.

The purpose of workplace policies is to place both the employer and employees (or prospective employees) on notice of certain things such as prohibited conduct. They often prevent any serious problems arising but if problems do arise, the employer is usually able to prove they upheld their legal duty by showing compliance with an established written policy.

We can tailor policies to meet the requirements of your particular business.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of topics that employers may wish to cover with appropriate policies:

  • Equal employment opportunity
  • Discrimination, harassment, bullying and violence
  • Work health and safety
  • Appropriate email and internet use
  • Workplace surveillance
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Mobile telephone use
  • Dress codes
  • Annual leave and sick leave
  • Dispute resolution
  • Counselling and disciplinary procedures
  • Privacy
  • Redundancy

The workplace policies should be drafted so that they compliment the employment contracts in place.


Craig Pryor is principal solicitor at McKillop Legal. For further information in relation to workplace policies, business law or employment related matter, contact Craig Pryor on (02) 9521 2455 or email

This information is general only and is not a substitute for proper legal advice. Please contact McKillop Legal to discuss your legal concerns or objectives.

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School zones and pupil free days

In New South Wales, more than one million school students travel to and from school each day. The vast majority of students do so safely.
At the time of this article, there are 127 fixed digital speed cameras installed in NSW, of which 57 are in school zones.

School zones were selected according to a number of criteria concerning the risks young pedestrians are exposed to, including a combination of high traffic volumes, the level of pedestrian use and crash history.

When do they operate?

All school zone speed cameras operate 24 hours per day, 7 days a week and detect vehicles exceeding the speed limit. They are also programmed to detect vehicles exceeding the 40km/h school zone speed limit during sign-posted school zone times.

For most locations these times are: 8:00 – 9:30am and 2.30pm – 4:00pm on days notified by the NSW Department of Education.

There are a small number of schools which have different school zone times. They are identified by red/orange school zone signs to show non-standard times.

In addition to the regulatory signs Roads and Maritime has also installed flashing lights (school zone alert systems) at a number of school zone sites, including all fixed speed camera sites that are located in a school zone.

What about pupil free days or private school holidays?

Both Catholic and private/independent schools have enforceable school zones in line with Department of Education school terms, irrespective of their term dates.

Pupil free days or staff development days are notified school days so the school zones continue to apply – there may still be students attending schools on these days.

Further information

For more information about fixed speed camers or school zones, visit the RMS Website

Double Demerits on Easter and ANZAC Day weekends

A reminder to our clients that double demerits apply this Easter long weekend 13-17 April inclusive and again on the ANZAC Day weekend, 21- 25 April inclusive. Drive safely.


School zones in operation

REMINDER: School zones will be operational again from Monday, 30 January 2017.

40km/h school zones help protect children on their way to and from schools at the times and places where they are often in high numbers. School zone signs, pedestrian crossings and dragon’s teeth road markings improve the visibility of school zones.