Do we still need this?

The Optus case for retaining customer personal information, including government identifiers (e.g., passport, drivers’ licence, and Medicare numbers), may well be different from the retention case that recruitment & staffing agencies could mount.

But if you’re a recruiter, and you’re are retaining that sort of information, it might be wise to ask yourself why you need to retain it.

Sure, you might have needed it to verify the identity or work rights of your candidates; but if you can’t make a convincing argument for retaining it – and inconvenience is not a convincing argument – then shouldn’t you be destroying or de-identifying it in accordance with APP.11 and NZ IPP.9?

It’s worth asking the question, and it might keep you and your candidates safe.

Andrew C. Wood

Recruiter Privacy: Can You Tick The Boxes?

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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s insights from its 2021-22 Assessment Program, recently published in Information Matters through its Privacy Professionals’ Network (29/04/2022), lists the following four steps that you should be taking.

  1. clearly document and regularly review your practices and procedures to ensure you outline the measures that are in place to manage privacy risks;
  2. implement regular and mandatory refresher privacy training for staff. This is an important part of entities’ privacy programs. Best practice is annual refresher training for all staff (including contractors and short-term staff);
  3. regularly review and test data breach response plans to ensure their plans are up to date and staff know what actions they are expected to take in the event of a data breach. It is also important that entities proactively monitor audit logs to help identify unauthorised access and disclosure of personal information;
  4. clearly document the operational relationship between your privacy and cyber security teams, as well as the roles and responsibilities of each business area. This will facilitate a coordinated response in the event of a suspected or actual cyber security incident or an eligible data breach.

How many can you tick off?

I especially like No #2. When did you last conduct refresher training for your staff? If you’ve not done it recently, you might like to register for the WorkAccord/ The Recruiters’ Casebook webinar on 3 May 2022, when we’ll be Talking Privacy and What Recruiters Need to Know.

Let’s talk!

Andrew C. Wood

How Much Do Recruiters Really Understand About Recruitment Privacy?

In my experience, most are pretty good. But I have to ask, because I’m staggered to see that, after 20 years, there are still a few recruitment firms out there that believe they are bound by something called the “Recruitment Industry Privacy Code”. They proudly publish the fact in their privacy policies and on their websites.

Fact check…

The Recruitment Industry Privacy Code was the brainchild of ITCRA (APSCo Australia). It was never approved or implemented.  It did not become “a thing”.

It gets worse…

Despite the fact that the RIPC originally contemplated that ITCRA would be the Code Adjudicator, several recruitment firms, perhaps because they weren’t members of ITCRA, simply swapped out references to ITCRA for references to either RCSA or the Privacy Commissioner. And perhaps, because they weren’t members of ITCRA, they didn’t get the memo about the RIPC being withdrawn from the approval process.

Rubbing salt into the wounds

To make matters worse, most of those firms that are still proclaiming their adherence to the RIPC, claim to be committed to protecting the privacy of their clients and candidates … in compliance with the National Privacy Principles … which were replaced in 2014.

I’m sure they are committed, in their own way. But it can’t be much of an advertisement for professionalism if you’re a couple of decades out of date.

Update your awareness

If you need to update your awareness of recruitment privacy, you might like to register for WorkAccord/ The Recruiters’ Casebook webinar on 3 May 2022, when we’ll be Talking Privacy and What Recruiters Need to Know.

Let’s talk!

Andrew C. Wood

WorkAccord’s Autumn “Tuesday TalkAbout” Programme: Healthcare Workforce Recruitment & Staffing Focus

Autumn TT promoIn WorkAccord’s Summer series of Tuesday TalkAbouts, we introduced the concept of “waypoints” as those points on a journey where we can pause, take stock, and choose the direction we will follow for the next stage. As the COVID-19 pandemic response has rapidly escalated, it seems that we might have rushed through several of those waypoints and might now be asking, “What comes next?”

Many within the healthcare recruitment and staffing sector are experiencing a sense of considerable uncertainty, which may become costly. For some, it has been a case of having been so busy that there has not been time to reflect on what has happened. For others, things have gone unnervingly quiet.

In our Autumn series of Tuesday TalkAbouts, we will be looking at points of continuity and change for healthcare recruitment & staffing professionals and asking, “What does it now take to be Leaders in the World of Work?”

We will also be working throughout this series to develop the Tuesday TalkAbout format to provide participants with an enhanced range of on-line/off-line and synchronous/asynchronous learning opportunities and resources. We’ll be keeping the free on-demand webinars while developing the live sessions to provide more interaction and opportunity for discussion.

I’m delighted, therefore, to extend to all a warm invitation to participate in this exciting collaborative project.

Our Autumn programme of seven free webinars is outlined below.

1. Platforms (21/04/2020)

Our first Tuesday TalkAbout presents an “under the hood” look at Recruitment Platforms for Recruitment & Staffing Professionals.

What are they? Where do they fit in the classification of recruitment & staffing services? How do we “read” them? What are some of the opportunities and risks associated with their use?

2. A Healthcare Workforce that Nobody “Owns” (28/04/2020)

A healthcare workforce is a complex, multi-actor (multi-nodal) system that possibly nobody “owns”.

What are its governance challenges? What do these challenges mean for stakeholders, including Recruitment & Staffing Professionals aspiring to be Leaders in the World of Work? How can they engage more effectively with the workforce to enhance the value of the contribution they make?

3. Healthcare Worker Engagement Models (5/05/2020)

Healthcare worker engagement models come in many different forms.

What models of healthcare worker engagement are most relevant for Recruitment & Staffing Professionals? How can they distinguish between different models to choose the ones that are the most suitable? What challenges do procurement approaches pose to the successful engagement of health workers with their workforce? How can Recruitment & Staffing Professionals meet those challenges?

4. Aged Care Workforce Update (12/05/2020)

The Royal Commission Into Aged Care Quality & Safety has been running since October 2018.

What progress has been made so far? Who making submissions? What themes are emerging that will be significant for Recruitment & Staffing Professionals working in the Aged Care sector? What will happen next? And how can we make a submission?

5. Telemedicine & Recruitment (19/05/2020)

Social distancing measures under the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic presented many challenges to the way we have traditionally thought healthcare and health workforce recruitment should be practised.

What are the consequences for healthcare workforce recruitment and for Recruitment & Staffing Professionals working in the healthcare sector? In this Tuesday TalkAbout we will review some of the current literature and take a look at some recent practice developments in the field of Telemedicine.

6. Collaborative Supply Models: Concept (26/05/2020)

Collaborative Supply Models or “Networks” may provide useful answers to many of the challenges presently facing healthcare workforce structure and governance.

What form could they take? What role might Recruitment & Staffing Professionals working in the healthcare sector play in their development? In this Tuesday TalkAbout, we’ll look at some of the collaborative supply or network models that have been developed and deployed in Australia and overseas. We will begin to explore how they might evolve to create new opportunities for Recruitment & Staffing Professionals responding to a disrupted workforce environment.

7. Collaborative Supply Models: Topical Challenges (2/06/2020)

In this Tuesday TalkAbout, we’ll build on the concept of a Collaborative Supply Model which we developed In the previous session for Recruitment & Staffing Professionals working in the healthcare sector. We’ll focus on four topical challenges:

  • Candidate connection & protection
  • Competition
  • Risk & liability
  • Governance

You can register for this webinar here.

Let’s talk again soon!

Andrew C. Wood

 

 

 

 

Tuesday TalkAbout Returns with a Health Workforce Staffing & Recruitment Focus

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Over the past couple of months we’ve all been affected by social isolation and lockdown. We’ve been learning new ways of working and new methods of getting things done. There have been signs that it’s been coming for a while, with recent Health Service tenders calling for submisisons on platforms, networks, and technologies to facilitate the process of assembling and managing a Health Workforce.

So, our first Tuesday TalkAbout in WorkAccord;s Autumn  2020 series will kick off with an “under the hood” look at Recruitment Platforms for Health WorkForce Staffing Professionals. What are they? Where do they fit in the classification of recruitment & staffing services? What are some of the opportunities and risks associated with their use?

I hope you’ll join us for our free ZOOM webinar at 8:30 am AEST on Tuesday 21 April 2020 when we’ll commence our 7 week discussion of Health Workforce topics.

And for those who are unable to make it, don’t worry. The webinar will be recorded and made available free and on demand for up to two weeks following the presentation.

You can register here or copy thand paste the link below in your browser https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IaYSqLjeR1C9Zm6a_iuOpQ

Let’s talk again soon.

 

Andrew C. Wood

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety seeking submissions. Might the recruitment & staffing sector bring something fresh to the table?

Aged Care CommissionThe Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety continues to seek submissions to its December 2019 Consultation Paper.  Submissions can now be made until the end of April 2020.

The  January closing date, as originally proposed, was awful, with many people distracted by holidays, bushfires, storms, floods and return to schol.  But the Royal Commission has recently indicated that it will accept submisisons until the end of April. So, there might still be time to engage!

It would be marvellous to hear what contribution the recruitment and staffing sector could make to the design of a more effective aged care workforce.

That’s because one of the key questions on which submisisons are being sought is:

How could the aged care and health systems work together to deliver care which better meets the complex health needs of older people, including dementia care as well as palliative and end of life care? What are the best models for these forms of care?

It’s an important question. Sadly, the Consultation Paper puts it in the context of numerous system deficiencies.

[The current system] struggles to attract and retain sufficient numbers of skilled, knowledgeable and competent staff (p.3).

…low levels of clinical staff and personal carers in residential care and poor interfaces with the health system mean that some people may not receive the level of nursing, allied health and personal care services they need and would otherwise have had access to within the community or from the health system. (p.13).

The majority of staff are personal care workers rather than nurses or allied health professionals.  (p.14).

The delivery of services to rural and remote geographical regions in Australia is complex and differs for every community. It is impacted by multiple socioeconomic factors and the physical environment, such as the high cost of goods, utilities, transport, fuel, food and vehicles. There is often limited access to most government services and a shortage of staff to support those services. (p.18).

I reckon it would make a huge difference to address the challenge of designing a better aged care workforce from the perspective of appreciating the resources we do have. And in that context, it would be marvellous to hear about the solutions that innovative and resourceful staffing & recruitment professionals could suggest!

So, I’d like urge the recruitment and staffing sector to engage with the questions that are being asked and see if there’s something fresh that can be brought to the table – befitting “Leaders in the World of Work”.

How about it?

 

Andrew C. Wood

“Tuesday TalkAbout” Summer 2020 Program to Address Recruitment & Staffing Sector “Waypoints”

Tuesday TalkAbout takes a new direction for its Summer 2020 Program of free, short webinars, as we discuss some larger themes at work in the recruitment and staffing sector.

Now, I certainly don’t claim to be a seer or a futurist. I observe and interpret. So, I’m not going to attempt to predict the course of the decade or anything like that.

Instead, I’ll describe the “waypoints”, which I think the recruitment & staffing sector in Australia and New Zealand has reached in eight key areas. ‘

A “waypoint” can be understood as a place on a route or pathway, a stopping point, or a point at which one’s course can be changed.

What the future holds from that point forward largely flows from the decisions and commitments which recruitment & staffing professionals make for their own organisations and professional lives – either intentionally or by default.

The observations and insights that I hope to share reflect experience gained over four decades in legal and workforce consulting practice and in recent work done with RCSA, designing its new Code for Professional Conduct, its grievance intervention guidelines & protocols, its StaffSure certification program, and many of its key resources and templates.

The eight key areas we’ll be discussing are:

1. Professional Conduct (21st January)

RCSA’s new Code for Professional Conduct has been authorised by the ACCC to commence on 8 August 2020. How is it different from previous codes or other industry codes? Why is it different? What statement does it make about emerging professionalism? How might recruitment & staffing professionals respond to it? How is it enforced and administered?

This webinar has now been archived. Please contact me if you would like a link.

2. Quality Management (28th January)

What does “quality” mean in the context of the work undertaken by recruitment & staffing professionals as labour market enablers and intermediaries. Does the ISO 9001 definition of “quality” say it all? How well does the “customer focus” requirement stand up to the professional conduct responsibilities of recruitment & staffing professionals? Is quality perceived as outcome or experience? Is it even an either/or question?

This webinar has now been archived. Please contact me if you would like a link.

3. Risk Management (4th February)

We know (at least I hope we do) that risk is defined for the purposes of risk management and quality management standards as the “effect of uncertainty on objectives”. But how might risk be categorised to be more manageable for recruitment & staffing professionals? What sorts of risk do recruitment & staffing professionals face in 2020? At what points does risk intersect with professionalism and quality? How can risk be managed to minimise its effects on professional and quality objectives?

This webinar has now been archived. Please contact me if you would like a link.

4. Collaboration (11th February)

What is “collaboration”, really? Why is it important for recruitment & staffing professionals in 2020? Is collaboration possible with customers and clients? Candidates? Competitors? Consultants? If so, how is achieved? How is it managed and maintained?

This webinar has now been archived. Please contact me if you would like a link.

5. Doing Business (18th February)

Something is wrong if you’re not upgrading your terms of business at least as frequently as your mobile phone! Wonder why you’re getting pushback from clients who won’t pay you that “introduction fee”, or who won’t sign up to your “all-care-no-responsibility” conditions? Terms of business modelled on 1980s recruitment & staffing practices and 1980s legal culture are no longer viable. In this session, we explain why and talk about what you can do about that.

This webinar has now been archived. Please contact me if you would like a link.

6. Conflict & Dispute Resolution (25th February)

Even for those who might be energised by conflict, there comes a point when stocks of energy and finances to meet the crushing cost of feeding conflict, run low. What is your conflict/ dispute profile? Do you still handle business disputes like it’s the 1980s and you’re a bank? Or have you found a better way? What are your options in 2020? What distinguishes the way you handle conflict and disputes as “professional”?

View the recorded Conflict & Dispute Resolution “Waypoint” webinar here

7. Employment Shaping (3rd March)

What is the difference between legitimate employment shaping and sham contracting or avoidance? How much flexibility is there to shape an employment relationship to suit labour market conditions in 2020? What are the limits? How do you know if you are approaching or transgressing them? Are there any “golden rules”. If so, what are they and how do you apply them?

View the recorded Employment Shaping “Waypoint” webinar here

8. Independent contractor on-hire (10th March)

What are the main challenges to independent contractor on-hire in 2020? Is the business integration test still reliable? What investigations should a recruitment & staffing professional undertake to ensure that independent contractor engagement and on-hire models are compliant with a wide range of regulatory requirements and are not exploitative?

Register for the Independent Contractor On-Hire “Waypoint” webinar here

I do hope you’ll join me when WorkAccord’s Tuesday TalkAbout Summer Program returns at 8:30 am AEDT on Tuesday 21 January 2020 and I’d love to learn of any questions you might have in advance.

 

Andrew C. Wood

Post-Law Day #153: Designing governance integrations

Businessman & NewspaperStocking up on coffee and snacks, and fine-tuning my playlists…

A big weekend coming up – designing the integration of professional conduct grievance intervention, control assurance certification, and whistleblower frameworks.

Also preparing a Tuesday TalkAbout on the topic: “Certification Schemes as Regulatory Alternatives: Pros & Cons” and a webinar Bootcamp for next Friday on the topic: “Whistleblower Policies (Strengthen Your Knowledge)”.

Enjoying the shift in focus as governance advocacy takes shape…

Andrew

Here’s What I’m Thinking About: “Labour Supply Chains”

This is my first attempt at video. Please treat it kindly. I clearly need a director, hair and make-up!

Nevertheless, I do hope you’ll join me for our next Tuesday TalkAbout on 19th November at 8:30 am AEDT, when we’ll discuss LAbour Supply Chains.

Here’s a link to register for the webinar. it’s free and it’s live.

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wttK2Q2gS_eo1UfY2dIiOw

Andrew C. Wood

Let’s Shed Light on Recruitment Fees!

 

Slide1Temp-to-Perm Fees, Agency-Switching Fees, Introduction Fees and Release Fees.

I hope you’ll join me when we shed light on the topic of Recruitment Fees in two separate webinars planned for Thursday 22nd November and Thursday 29th November at 10:30 am AEDT.

In our first webinar, you’ll learn how to make binding and enforceable recruitment fee agreements.

In our second webinar, you’ll learn how to manage fee recruitment disputes ethically and professionally.

You can find out more about the webinars in my Recruiters’ Casebook blog here.

 

Andrew C. Wood, Hon FRCSA (Life)