Policies & Procedures
Regardless of where in the world your business is operating, you will be subject to certain policies and procedures in alignment with local employment law. In the UK, it’s no different. The main policies that all businesses should be aware of and consciously operating are:
Health & Safety
- Accident and injury reporting
- What to do in the case of a fire
- Set out how to carry out specific(s) tasks throughout the business particularly if the business is involved in manual labour, using power tools and machinery
Learn more about the UK Health & Safety procedures.
Data Protection Act 2018 and UK GDPR
- To outline how the organisation will look after data in accordance with the latest data protection regulation.
Employment Contract (written statement of employment)
- This is to outline general employment practices such as usual place of work, frequency and necessity of travel, and will also make reference to the hours and rate of pay.
Types of Leave From Work
The main types of paid leave in the UK are maternity, paternity, sick and annual leave.
Most workers are entitled to at least 28 days of paid holiday a year. It is down to the discretion of the employer whether or not they include bank holidays as part of an employee’s annual leave entitlement.
There is a range of types of parental leave, from when the child is born or adopted, to when the child is growing up. These include Unpaid Parental Leave, Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave and Shared Parental Leave. As a business, you will need to ensure that you draw out the relevant employment rights for when parents are on leave. This ensures that employment rights are protected.
Other HR Policies That You Need to Have
- Disciplinary policy
- Grievance procedure
- Sickness policy
- Employment policy & contract
- Equal opportunities, Diversity and Inclusion
Additional policies you might consider having include:
- Anti-bribery and corruption policy
- Retirement policy
- Flexible working
- Communication and use of equipment policy
Each policy must set out the employer’s commitment to risk reduction and their legal obligation as a result of the workplace regulation and its business. Goodwille can also take into account any sector-specific policies such as dealing with hazardous substances, manufacturing, retail etc. which may only be applicable to certain industries.
The types of legal documents and policies that you require will fully depend on the nature of your business. Goodwille can work with your business to ascertain which policies and documents are essential to the operation of your business.
As our HR Manager, Jacqui provides high quality and compliant HR advice across the full spectrum of HR services for a portfolio of Goodwille clients. She offers pragmatic advice on technical matters relating to HR issues including employee relations, organisation design, policies and procedures, implementation of new contracts and staff handbooks, benefits and salary levels, recruitment and training solutions.