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Employee Handbook and Policies

Employee Handbook and Policies Solicitors in London and Essex

Employers have a legal duty to give each employee a written statement of their main terms and conditions of employment within two months of their first day of employment. There is no similar legal duty to implement an employee handbook or any written policies, however doing so can bring significant legal protections for an employer. 

Your policies and procedures set out the rules within which you expect your staff to work. These offer a number of benefits including improving the standards within your business, reducing your exposure to employment tribunal claims and promoting the right culture in the workplace.

The most common policies to feature in an employee handbook include:

  • Maternity, paternity and adoption
  • Whistleblowing
  • Bribery
  • Data protection
  • Compassionate and bereavement
  • Flexible working
  • Dress code
  • Holidays and sickness
  • Social media
  • Health and safety

When an employer is creating an employee handbook, it needs to decide how it wishes to distinguish between contractual and non-contractual terms, and which parts of its handbook will apply only to employees and which will also apply to other staff (e.g. workers and agency staff). Generally, an employer will wish to treat the majority (but not necessary all) of its policies and procedures as non-contractual because this allows the employer to change them without seeking the consent of staff members.

Employee handbooks and policies should be reviewed regularly to ensure it is kept up-to-date, and improved based on real-life experiences within your business.

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We offer a range of pricing options and will be happy to discuss these with you. As a client-centred law firm, we will be transparent with you about our pricing and actively manage these in line with our agreements.

How we can help with Employee Handbook and Policies matters

We will give you expert advice and representation throughout your matter. We can:

  • Explore your requirements in detail and prepare your employee handbook and policies in a legally compliant way and in accordance with your business needs. 
  • Review and update your employee handbook and policies to ensure they comply with changes in employment law and are kept up-to-date with market practice. 


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