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COVID-19 – A Guide To Essential Policies And Procedures For Employers

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 09/04/2020 We are faced with unprecedented times as the spread of Covid-19 across the world dominates headlines. The virus has seen the UK go into lockdown as the government attempts to limit its impact, and the disruption to normal everyday life cannot be understated. Businesses across all sectors have been ...
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IT and Communications Policies – Essential Elements

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 27/02/2020 Following on from last month’s feature looking at social media, this month we are taking a look at the broader aspects of IT and Communications and the important aspects of related workplace policies. An effective IT and Communications Policy should outline the standards you expect from your employ...
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Policies and Procedures
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Social Media Policies – Essential Elements

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 29/01/2020 Ten years ago, it was not that common for employers to provide specific guidelines for social media use. However, in today’s increasingly digitised workplaces, a social media policy forms an essential part of the employee handbook. With social media touching many areas of modern life, both in and o...
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Family Friendly Policies (Part 3) - Parental Leave, Compassionate Leave and Time Off for Caring for Dependants

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 28/11/2019 Following our previous features on maternity leave and flexible working, we round off our look at family-friendly policies by focusing this month on parental leave, compassionate leave and time off for caring for dependants. Part 1 focused on maternity, adoption and shared parental leave, while par...
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Working Time and Leave Policies and Procedures
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Family-Friendly Policies (Part 2) - Best Practice for Handling Flexible Working Requests

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 30/10/2019 Having looked at Maternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Leave policies last month, part 2 of our family-friendly policies series looks at best practice for handling flexible working requests (part 3 will consider parental leave, compassionate leave and time off for caring for dependants). Organisa...
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Contracts of Employment Policies and Procedures
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Family-Friendly Policies (Part 1) - Maternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Leave

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 24/09/2019 It is important that your business is familiar with the process, including entitlements and notification requirements for employees taking maternity leave, adoption leave, shared parental leave or paternity leave. In the first of this three-part series of articles on family-friendly policies (part ...
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Discrimination and Equality Policies and Procedures
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Prevent Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 27/08/2019 In this month's article Leanne Armstrong looks at the legal obligations around preventing bullying and harassment and how you can build a policy to prevent bullying or harassment in your organisation. Constructing your policy While many employers choose to draft a policy specifically focused on set...
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Discrimination and Equality Policies and Procedures
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A Guide to Equal Opportunities

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 30/07/2019 Employees, contract workers and applicants for employment have statutory protection against discrimination under a number of distinct pieces of equality legislation, covering protected characteristics such as gender; religious belief; age; disability etc. In this article, Leeanne Armstrong, Legal ...
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Discrimination and Equality Policies and Procedures
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Managing Performance and the Importance of Capability Procedures

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 10/06/2019 This month, Leeanne Armstrong concludes that following a clear capability procedure, implemented with tact and consistency across your workforce, will facilitate a smooth process and limit the legal risk of liability for claims of unfair dismissal, harassment, discrimination and breach of contract....
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Contracts of Employment Policies and Procedures
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The Essential Elements of the Grievance Policy and Procedure

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 28/03/2019 In this month's feature, we set out the key considerations when developing grievance procedures including why, even in the absence of statutory requirements, it is beneficial to have a clear procedure for handling employee complaints. We include some suggested wording around specific areas which ma...
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Disciplinary and Grievance Issues