M oreover, HR professionals are custodians of a multitude of labour and other laws, and therefore, like accountants, function as compliance officers in the workplace.
This ex-officio status only applies to members in good standing, that is, paid up with their membership and with no ethical complaints outstanding against them.
This underlines the importance of members ensuring that they are currently paid up - 2015 subscriptions were due by end February 2015. A Guide on powers and duties of a Commissioner of Oaths will be sent out shortly. The first action step to implement this new status is for a member to purchase or have made a Commissioner of Oaths stamp. Details on this will be included in the Guide. Please note that any member who is not in good standing and who purports to act in this ex-officio capacity as a Commissioner of Oaths will be committing a breach of the SABPP's Code of Conduct.
This designation underlines the important role that HR professionals play in ensuring that administrative processes are managed ethically and scrupulously. Recent very public scandals around misrepresentation of qualifications emphasise the importance of checking that documents produced as originals are genuine and original. The need to ensure fairness and consistency in disciplinary processes, highlighted in her address to the SABPP Ethics breakfast last month by the Public Protector, emphasises the solemn nature of the Commissioner of Oaths' role in attesting to affidavits and declarations.
Thus, an HR professional in his or her role as a Commissioner of Oaths, carries the reputation of our profession and we need to recognise this responsibility and live up to our Code of Conduct.
Building on recent successes with the launch of the National HR Standards and the new South African HR Competency Model, the national recognition of SABPP's HR professionals as Commissioners of Oaths has taken the HR profession to a new level of significance, professional status and meaning.
The Commissioner of Oaths status further highlights the important role of HR professionals in meeting the HR competency requirement in HR Governance, Risk and Compliance and striving towards achieving the national standard in HR Risk Management.
We trust that HR professionals will make use of this exciting opportunity to be empowered as Commissioners of Oaths in exercising our role as governance, risk and compliance officers pertaining to the certification of documents and affidavits.
Any comments or enquiries regarding the role of HR professionals as Commissioners of Oaths may be sent to the SABPP office on firstname.lastname@example.org.