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Media and advocacy

Standing with our Victorian members

This is an incredibly difficult time for you, our Victorian members. Yesterday was distressing for everyone in the Victorian community and it’s possible that we will have more days like this.

HR has been at the forefront of the organisational response to COVID-19 since March. You’ve told us your workloads have been – and still are – overwhelming, and we know that you have had to have a number of very difficult conversations throughout this period.

Now there are some more difficult conversations to be had.  First with your employees about not coming to work when they are or may be sick. This might be hard for some of them, especially if they aren’t eligible for sick leave or are concerned about their jobs.  And on the other side of the equation, your organisations might be saying they can’t afford for them not to be at work either.

As you’re well aware, Victoria can’t afford for them to be at work if there’s even a chance they might be sick. This HRM article highlights this issue. But we wanted to let you know that AHRI is behind you as you have these conversations.

Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to help you at this time.

Stay safe, be well and look after yourself.

In solidarity,

Sarah McCann-Bartlett
CEO and Managing Director, Australian HR Institute

Matt Connell CPHR
Victorian State President, Australian HR Institute