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2014-08-15

Team briefs

Team briefs used as evidence in disciplining workers

It appears that team briefs are being used as evidence to discipline employees for non compliance with workplace policies, conduct and rules.

Obviously, someone in HR has come up with the bright idea that if they get employees to sign a bit of paper that they attended a team brief then this can be used as evidence against them whenever they slip up.

But the on-the-ground practicality of this is ridiculous. Many different matters maybe communicated on the run at team briefs. How are workers expected to remember everything?

Notwithstanding the above, policies, workplace conduct and rules provided at team briefs need to be clearly communicated to employees and employees need to understand the consequences of a lack of compliance before Post can assert, ‘We have a policy on this and you have breached it’.

Members are advised for your own protection to keep a diary entry of topics discussed at team briefs, how long briefing went for, whether there was time for questions and was any paperwork was made available.

The CWU will raise the matter with Post.

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