As an Employer you are not required by law to have a Staff Handbook, but you must have certain procedures and policies documented. We advise that these are best contained in a Staff Handbook.
Whilst the Contract of Employment sets out the employees’ rights and duties, as the employer you also need a set of policies that, for example, comply with the ACAS Code on grievance and disciplinary procedures. This can be of great importance as failure to follow the ACAS Code in a grievance or disciplinary matter could result in a 25% uplift in a compensation award at an Employment Tribunal.
At Rowlinsons we can advise and draft a Staff Handbook or individual policies and procedures that are appropriate to your company and its workforce. Generally these include:
- Equal opportunities policy. This is very important as a tribunal will often look at the policy when considering a discrimination claim)
- Maternity, paternity and adoption policies;
- Whistleblowing policy;
- Bribery Act policy;
- Parental leave policy;
- Compassionate and bereavement leave;
- Flexible working
If you already have a Staff Handbook, then we would recommend that this is regularly reviewed so as ensure that it is up to date and ultimately compliant. If you require any advice or assistance on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01928 735333 or click here for a call back. All clients benefit from a free 30 minute consultation.