Some staff policies are required by law. Some can be very effective in avoiding legal problems, and, a third category can be very helpful in setting out the standards of behaviour you expect of your staff.

We do usually not recommend that staff policies are written into employment contracts (i.e. that they are ‘contractual’). This is so that they can be changed easily, and so that the employer does not find itself legally obliged to do what they say. Employees, on the other hand, can be obliged to do what they say by putting an appropriate clause in their contracts of employment.

Required by law

  • Disciplinary policy and procedure
  • Grievance policy and procedure
  • Information about pensions
  • Health and safety, if 5 employees or more
  • Whistle-blowing, when employer is a local authority, NHS, Plc or US company

Strongly recommended to avoid legal liability

  • Bribery policy
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Data protection policy
  • Whistle-blowing policy
  • Home working policy

Also recommended

  • Anti-harassment and bullying policy
  • IT and communications policy
  • Social media policy
  • Expenses policy
  • Dress code
  • Stress policy
  • Substance misuse policy
  • Capability policy and procedure
  • Parental rights and leave policy/policies
  • Retirement policy
  • Redundancy policy
  • Adverse weather and travel disruption policy.

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