Employment documentation and policies

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With any new addition to your team, your priority should be to ensure they know their rights as an employee and your rights as their employer. At Talbots Law, we’re here to help you get everything in check so that you can focus on getting your new staff member trained up and ready to go.

As an employer, you’re aware that any new members of staff need a Contract of Employment. What you might not know is that new employees are also entitled to a range of additional important HR documents. Put yourself in their shoes: you’re brand new, and you want to know where you stand across all HR policies and procedures. That’s where an Employee Handbook is not only hugely beneficial to your staff, but also a legal requirement. From holiday days to dress code and disciplinary procedures, everyone will benefit from being on the same level. Understanding the ins and outs of the company will take time, but getting to grips with rights and responsibilities shouldn’t have to.

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Why choose Talbots Law for advice on Employment Documentation?

At Talbots Law, our business acumen stands us in great stead to help companies large and small with new recruits. With vast experience in both employer and employee rights claims, we know that the best defence against disputes is preparation. If an employee knows where they stand from day one, it could prevent you from legal trouble down the line. That’s why our solicitors are here to help. With a passion for listening, we’ll work together on drafting your Employee Handbook, leaving no stone unturned.

Though our solicitors are experts in employment law, we’re business people first. We know that the purpose of hiring new staff is to improve the business, and the sooner the initial administration is taken care of, the sooner they can do just that.


What should I include in an Employee Handbook?

Providing your staff with an Employee Handbook is now a legal requirement. While procedures and policies will vary depending on the size and type of your business, the handbook will be clear on the employee rights and responsibilities as well as your rights as their employer. Generally, the handbook should cover the following:

  • Induction and Probation
  • Code of Conduct and Professional Boundaries
  • Disciplinary Policy and Procedure
  • Grievance Policy and Procedure
  • Sickness Absence Management
  • Absence Management Policy and Procedure
  • Redundancy Policy and Procedure
  • Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave
  • Annual and Special Leave
  • Appraisal and Performance Management
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Flexible Working
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Health and Safety
  • Study Leave
  • Volunteering
  • Internet, Social Media Usage Policy

At Talbots Law, our employment law solicitors want nothing more than the smooth running of business for our clients. That’s why, if we can help you manage any administration duties to ensure your employees are satisfied and are aware of their duties and rights, we will. Just give us a call today for expert advice and assistance across all employment documentation and policies.

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