Veterinary practice managers, would your employment procedures and policies stand up to scrutiny?

Year end is the time for reviewing your business decisions, your services, your costs, and your staff.

Now is a great time to think about your workplace procedures and ask yourself whether you are making the best use of them. In particular, it is worth reviewing your disciplinary procedures, your grievance procedures, and your dignity at work policy (bullying, harassment and sexual harassment). Too often, it is not until practice managers are answering to the Workplace Relation Commission (WRC) following a conflict in the workplace that they realise that their policies were not, in fact, fit for purpose.

Year end is also the time of the year for reviewing the performance and suitability of your staff and questioning whether some changes in your management system might be required.

Perhaps you need to review/rewrite your staff handbook to include:

Grievance procedure

Disciplinary procedure

Dignity at work policy – bullying, harassment, sexual harassment

GDPR policy and Privacy policy

Use of company equipment policy

Internet use policy

Do you need to review your safety statement to ensure that it includes a comprehensive risk assessment of your workplace?

Perhaps you need to implement or introduce a staff appraisal/performance review system to your workplace.

Are you currently dealing with an employee’s grievance or complaint within in your practice and need help mediating the situation to a resolution so that costly litigation can be avoided?

Contact an employment law consultant and accredited mediator for a consultation.

Dr. Lisa Geraghty MVB, MSc, BA (Law), A.M. by phone 0872234689 or email at

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