Falsifying Documents

Navigate the complexities of document falsification in the workplace with our guide, offering employers policy and legal insights for managing this serious issue.

What does falsifying documents mean?

Falsifying documents in the workplace, whether by employees or employers, is a serious issue. It can involve altering, tampering, or modifying documents without authorisation, often for personal gain, such as increased overtime, bonuses, or expense claims. This malpractice can extend to manipulating time cards, financial records, or even resumes. Employers, too, may falsify records to enhance company appeal to lenders or investors.

Document falsification in the workplace

To address this, it's crucial for employers to have a clear policy against falsifying documents. This policy should be well-documented and communicated to all employees. Employers should outline the potential consequences of such actions in their employee handbook, which may range from warnings to dismissal, depending on the severity of the offence. It's important to specify what constitutes document falsification and the process for handling such incidents.

If an incident of falsification occurs, employers must adhere to proper procedures when addressing the employee's conduct. This ensures fairness and legal compliance.

For comprehensive guidance on handling falsification of documents and disciplinary actions, Employment Compass provides expert advice and support. You can reach Employment Compass for assistance at their 24-hour Advice Line on 1300 144 002.

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