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Company & Staff Handbooks

Although an Employee Handbook is not a legal requirement for a business to have, it is advisable to have one which accompanies your Contracts of Employment.

Your Employee Handbook is something that employees can refer to during important circumstances related to their work, such as a disciplinary procedure or when taking time off work for illness.

Employee Handbooks are an essential reference for both managers and employees when there is a dispute.

Business owners and directors need an Employee Handbook to ensure that they follow company procedures and have plans in place for issues that could arise with the workforce.

It helps to ensure a consistent approach to employees when problems occur and maintain objectivity.

It’s essential that managers and directors make new employees aware of the Employee Handbook during their induction.

Legal problems can arise if employees do not know about the company’s policies and procedures.

Why Do You Need An Employee Handbook?

There are many reasons why you might need an Employee Handbook.

An Employment Handbook keeps a record of complex legal requirements.

Although business owners may have a good knowledge of common employment law issues they may be unaware of their obligations for less common issues, such as requests for flexible working or how to deal with an employee who raises a “whistleblowing” complaint.

They need a convenient central repository of all the legal issues pertaining to employees so that they can refer to them when the circumstances require it.

Provide objective information to employees.

Employees want to know how much holiday they’re entitled to each year, what they can expect to get paid during sickness and how disciplinary procedures will be dealt with.

Information about dismissals.

The employee handbook sets out the circumstances under which an employee can be dismissed. 

If you dismiss an employee but don’t make them aware of the policies and procedures contained within the Employee Handbook, they could potentially challenge their dismissal on the grounds that it was unfair.

Get An Employee Handbook Crafted For You Today

It can sometimes be challenging to know what to write in an Employee Handbook, especially if you haven’t written one before.

Because every company is different, so too is every employee handbook.

The topics you cover in your handbook need to be specific to your product and operations.

If you need help with your employee handbook, then get in contact with us today.

When you have a useful handbook, you can more effectively manage your employee onboarding process, deal properly with variations to contracts and engage in disciplinary procedures.

Once you’ve created your Employee Handbook, you’ll need to get written confirmation from every employee that they have received it.

Employee Handbook & HR Policies

These are policies you should have, but outside the scope of a Contract of Employment which should be included in a Employee Handbook.

  • Disciplinary & Grievance Policy
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Harassment & Bullying
  • Equal Pay
  • Dignity at Work
  • Stress
  • Relationships at Work
  • Maternity & Paternity
  • Adoption Leave
  • Parental & Shared Parental Leave
  • Time off for Dependents
  • Flexible Working
  • Homeworking Policy
  • Health & Safety at Work Policy
  • Drugs & Alcohol
  • Data Protection & Retention (GDPR)
  • Vehicle & Mobile Phone Policies
  • Whistleblowing
  • Social Media
  • Bereavement Policy
  • Adverse Weather & Travel Disruption
  • Retirement
  • Anti-Corruption
  • Modern Day Slavery

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“Neathouse Partners provides a personalised Employment Law service, which makes it feel as if they are one of our team. Working with them is cost-effective and they are able to deliver pragmatic advice, geared towards finding real solutions. I would highly recommend”

Gemma Meadows, Corporate Services Manager @ Engenda Group Ltd

It has always been a great experience working with Neathouse Partners. To know that I can depend on them for solid information and assistance is very reassuring. For anyone looking help with employment related issues I couldn't recommend Neathouse Partners highly enough.”

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“Neathouse Partners have been absolute life savers. They helped us with our Contracts and procedures, were there at our beck and call with invaluable advice when ever we needed them, calmed us down when things became a bit worrying and helped us with every single step along our journey. I would absolutely recommend their services for anyone looking for employment law support (oh, and the value for money is out of this world)”

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