You may seek legal advice for the following reasons: Help in the identification of laws and regulations that apply to your business Assistance in the identification of relevant business licenses and subsequent application Consultancy on the completion of legally binding forms and contracts Support during legal disputes with employees and customers Advice on the matter of intellectual property.
Essential Australian legislation includes: Corporate law economic reform program act 2004 Federal privacy act 1998 Competition and consumer act 2010 Australian corporations act 2001
Determine ethical responsibilities 2.1 Identify the ethical framework that applies to the work context 2.2 Incorporate scope of practice considerations as part of ethical practice
International frameworks International organisations must account for the laws and ethics that apply in foreign countries They have to meet different expectations with regards to the ways in which business is conducted Decisions that may be deemed ethically sound in one country may be frowned upon in another It is advisable to write distinct codes of conduct in line with the cultural and ethical principles that apply in different countries.
Codes of conduct and ethics should include the following details: Ethical principles Professional values Ethical responsibilities of senior management Guidance on accountability within the business Appropriate standards of conduct and practice Means of establishing and maintaining standards of discipline Ways of maintaining relationships with business associates and members of the public.
Business should act within an ethical framework in order to avoid: Discrimination Corruption Unionisation Tax avoidance Bribery Corruption
Australian ethical standards You should also be aware of the ethical frameworks that apply to businesses in the different states of Australia It is important to maintain general principles of respect and integrity when dealing with customers and colleagues Business managers should implement policies to ensure that everybody is treated fairly and equally.
Incorporating scope of practice considerations The scope of practice considerations relate to the specific decisions and functions that you have to carry out on an everyday basis It is absolutely essential that such actions are carried out in accordance with the ethical standards set by your organisation You should follow the principles established in the codes of conduct and ethics.
You must consider the responsibilities for: Maintaining principles of justice Preventing discrimination Acting with integrity despite pressure in the workplace Respecting the rights of privacy and confidentiality Acting with self-control and discipline Following business conventions Respecting the right to freedom of speech Refusing to engage in slander.
Determine ethical responsibilities 2.3 Evaluate responsibilities to workers, clients and the broader community
- Director of Compliance, Head of Compliance, Correspondence, Records of conversations