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Human Resources Policy Development

People are our most valuable assets. Documenting human resources (HR) policies will help to ensure that our people are treated fairly, know what is expected of them and are assured that the organization is following employment laws. It’s also important to lay the foundation for growth; waiting until your organization has grown to the point where you think you need a human resources policy means you have waited too long.

HR policies clarify the roles, decision-making processes, authority and responsibilities for recruiting and managing staff. As with other policies, the goal of the HR policy is to provide structure and consistency.


A comprehensive HR policy can be used as:

  • A practical tool to ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations.
  • An organizational reference document that gives clarity on how tasks will be completed.
  • A piece of the control environment providing legal protection for the organization.
  • A guide for decision-making and prioritizing morale.
  • An unbiased, consistent baseline for how staff members are treated.




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