What does being a “good employer” mean in relation to recruitment and selection processes?
State sector employers, including Crown entities and companies, are obliged to be good employers under the State Sector Act 1988 and the Crown Entities Act 2004. Under those Acts a good employer is one who operates a personnel policy containing provisions generally accepted as necessary for the fair and proper treatment of employees in all aspects of employment, including the impartial selection of suitably qualified persons for appointment.
The Human Rights Commission provides advice on being a good employer in relation to recruitment and selection. The NEON website provides resources for employers, see:
The advice was developed originally for Crown entities and this is why ‘Crown entities’ are specifically addressed throughout the text. However, the guidance is equally relevant to all employers – the private sector, the non-government sector and the wider state sector.