Whether your business is long-standing or just starting up, there are several procedures and policies you need to have in place if you have – or are going to have – employees.
Some small businesses, with less than 5 people, will have reduced health and safety policy responsibilities but, in general, the requirements for your business will be the same, whatever its size.
You may feel that having lots of policies and procedures in your business is an inconvenience, costing you time and money to put together.
The problem is that, if you do not have them in place, there is a significant risk you could face a claim from an employee which will cost you more in the longer term.
Where should you start?
You won’t be surprised to hear the answer: “By asking for help from a solicitor who specialises in Employment Law”.
Why is that?
Well, although it will carry a cost, you can be sure that your policies and procedures are employment law compliant. Provided you enforce them properly, the risk of your business facing a tribunal or other litigation will be kept to a minimum.
You need to be aware of so many employment law issues that it is easy to feel overwhelmed.
Here are some examples:-
- Absence management
- Annual leave
- Disciplinary procedures
- Family policies (e.g., maternity and paternity leave)
- Health and Safety
- Internet use, including email and social media
- Minimum wage
- Recruitment and selection
- Working hours
As you can see, this is already a lengthy list and – without specialist help – will you be able to ensure that all of your policies and procedures are robust and up-to-date?
Other areas where you can expect it to be necessary for you to provide written policies are drug and alcohol misuse, confidentiality, smoking and perhaps also dress code.
If you get the policies and procedures drawn up properly, you will allow your business to blossom and your employees will feel supported and protected as well.
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