In 2018, the Taylor Report advised, amongst other things, that a new standard of content required in employment contracts was necessary and this quickly became law.
This is known as The Good Work Plan.
There are now certain pieces of information that MUST be in your employee contracts, or written statement of terms & conditions, and this MUST be given to your employees by day one of their employment.
Are your HR policies & procedures and employee handbooks up to date?
Are you recruiting for the first time?
Do you already have contracts, but you're not sure if they are still fit for purpose?
Would you know where to start when writing a new contract?
Do you know the difference between an employee and a worker?
Do you understand the difference between full-time, part-time, casual worker or zero hours contracts?
You can contact me to discuss your HR policies and other human resource requirements. Together we can decide upon the most appropriate contract format for your employee/worker.
I have been consulting on employment contracts to businesses in Tonbridge, Maidstone and Royal Tunbridge Wells for over 20 years.
Employee Handbooks are your organisation's manual, a 'bible' if you like, the document that sets out how you do things and why. It tells your employee what they can expect from you as the employer, as well as letting them know what you expect from them.
For example, you can use the Employee Handbook to set out:
* what an employee should do if they are unwell and unable to come to work
* how much notice you'd like them to give you if they wish to take some annual leave
* how they need to record their expenses
* when they can expect to receive an appraisal or pay review
You can simply use the handbook for this sort of information, or you can incorporate further documentation - your policies and procedures.
Do you have the relevant HR policies? Are your policies up to date and fit for purpose? Do they conflict with employment contracts?
Your policies and procedures show how you operate as a business. They are vital as reference when issues arise, as they are the blueprint for employer and employee as to how certain issues will be dealt with and, hopefully, resolved. They also show other organisations what is important to you and your commitment to best practice operations.
So what might you include within your policies and procedures?
* Anti-Harassment & Bullying
* Diversity & Inclusion
* Equal Opportunities
* Mental Health
* Stress Awareness
* Flexible Working
These are just some of the standard policies that organisations are including, but you might want others that are appropriate to your particular industry.
We can discuss this, decide upon the policies that are most relevant for your organisation and develop a bespoke document for your business.