Employee Legal Awareness Day
Paul Brennan, an Australian lawyer, established Employee Legal Awareness Day. Paul Brennan, an Australian lawyer, established Employee Legal Awareness Day to highlight the importance of legal education for employees as well as small businesses in order to reduce their risk of being sued. Brennan suggests that employees be more aware of the policies of their companies. He suggests that employees should have a copy the employer’s handbook. This includes information on attendance and punctuality as well as conflict of interest statements, non-disclosure agreements, and bereavement policies.
Employees can gather every year to remember and celebrate their legal rights. They can feel empowered and can fully participate in the legal system that supports their company and business. This day originated in Australia but can be celebrated anywhere that legal services are available and legal rights can be recognized. Perhaps protests by employees or demonstrations of the day in countries that have less freedom in law could be held to highlight the importance and effectiveness of legal awareness in relation to employees and business.