Legislative compliance – we have you covered
Have you been asked about a legislative compliance policy?
If you’re an online policy member with the Policy Place, you can relax. We’ve got you covered.
All our policies are based on the law and we review them by reference to the law and regulations. If and when legislation changes, we review and update any affected policy.
We don’t just say we’ll comply with the law via a legislative compliance policy. We have the processes in place to do it. Here’s how.
Legislative compliance during policy development
We research the law, Te Tiriti o Waitangi/ the Treaty of Waitangi, regulations, accreditation and auditing standards to identify if a policy is needed and what it must address. Although we have hundreds of policies in our policy library, gaps still emerge. Recently, for example, in response to a request from a member, we developed a policy on Remuneration of Board members/ Trustees.
Monitoring for legislative compliance
We monitor the passage of new and amending legislation so our members have the policies they need before new legislation commences. As examples, we recently updated members’ online policies in response to the Fair Pay Agreement Act 2022 and the commencement of the Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act 2022.
Other sources of potential change that we monitor are Treaty jurisprudence and decisions of the Employment Relations Authority.
Review and updating of policies
We review and update our members’ policies based on a two-yearly schedule. As part of this, we review the law, Treaty and other jurisprudence, regulations, and auditing criteria that apply to the policies being reviewed.
A broad approach
Typically, a legislative compliance policy lists the main legislation, regulations and rules that an organisation has to stay on top of. But this is a narrow approach.
By contrast, at the Policy Place we aim for policies that comply with the law and regulations and with Te Tiriti o Waitangi -as a founding document of Aotearoa. We also consider International Instruments like:
- The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
- The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT)
- The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Want help with your policies?
Keeping up with the law, regulations and other changes can be time-consuming, especially for already-busy HR and operational managers. Let us help – we want to lighten your load.