One of the most important things you can do as a business owner or manager is to ensure that you protect your business by having well drafted and legally compliant HR documents such as contracts of employment, policies and procedures.
We will provide you with all the HR documentation you need and we will tailor this to suit the individual needs of your business. Once in place, we will also make sure that your HR documentation is kept up-to-date following any changes to employment law.
Contracts of Employment
Very often we see businesses that rely on contracts of employment which have been produced from a standard template or copied from another employer. Contracts which have not been designed with your business in mind may bind you to unnecessary terms, and do not do as much as they could to protect your business.
As an employer, your minimum legal obligation is to issue a basic statement of terms and conditions to all your employees within 8 weeks of them starting work with you.
The contract is made up of both oral and written agreements. You are not required to set all the terms out in writing, but a well written contract of employment will go a long way towards avoiding misunderstanding and protecting your business in the case of legal claims further down the line.
It is therefore vital to get well drafted contracts of employment in place which accurately reflect the realities of your business.
Letters and Forms
With any HR and employment law related issue, it’s vital that you follow the policies and procedures that are detailed in your Employee Handbook and this will often involve written communication with your staff.
It is vitally important that you get the content of letters to staff right as these will help you to demonstrate that you have followed the correct procedures if things do go wrong but will also maintain good employee relations.
We can save you time and give you peace of mind by writing well drafted, complete letters on your behalf. Alternatively, if you just want a template that you can adapt to your own needs, we can give you that too.
We also offer a complete HR administration service, which means that we will take care of all your day to day HR paperwork and employee records.
There are certain procedures which you are required to follow by law, so having the right documentation in the form of an employee handbook that is designed with your business in mind is the best way to do this.
We often see businesses which are burdened with a wide range of over-complicated policies and procedures, which no one ever reads. We can provide you with a concise user-friendly employee handbook which focuses on the key policies and procedures which you do need to protect your business. Having too many complex policies and procedures can work against you because you increase the risk of a claim if you don’t follow them!
If you already have an employee handbook or a separate set of HR policies and procedures, we can review what you have, ensure that they reflect current legislation and suggest improvements if required.