Standard D1 Explained

Why is it important to have written HR policies? HR policies detail your organization’s expectations of its staff and ensure that employees are treated ethically and in compliance with all applicable legislation. HR policies also help to formalize your organization’s unique work culture, implement best practices, and ensure that decisions and actions taken by management are fair and consistent.1

What kinds of HR policies does my organization need? Common HR policies include policies addressing:1

  • Employee information 
  • Performance management 
  • Hiring 
  • Holidays and vacation 
  • Hours of work
  • Leaves of absence 
  • Overtime 
  • Termination 
  • Health and Safety

What legislation does my organization need to comply with? Nonprofit and charitable organizations must comply with legislation related to:1

  • Employment / labour standards 
  • Occupational health and safety 
  • Human rights 
  • Labour relations
  • Privacy of personal information


From "Accreditation Preparation Workbook Section D: Staff Management,"  Katharine Zywert, Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo at the University of Waterloo, 2013.

  1. "HR Management Standards: Second Edition,” HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector, 2011.


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