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One of the best ways of avoiding damaging misunderstandings between employees and employers in the workplace is to implement Employment Policies in writing.
At the start of a new employee’s employment, an employer must provide, by law, an Employment Contract and details of the grievance and disciplinary procedures.
The rules relating to working time, hours, leave and flexible working are set out in statute and are wide-ranging. Those preparing policies that refer to these issues, should seek expert guidance.
Ensure that Employees understand the policies that are in place - Many employers provide induction sessions to ensure new employees understand their new working environment. This is good business practice and underlines to new employees how important it is to comply with the policies to ensure the effective running of the business.
Other policies are not strictly required but prudent employers will consider and implement a range of policies as appropriate to their business.
A social media policy is a good example of a very useful policy for an employer to implement. This policy will guide employees on the extent to which they can access social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, during working hours – and regulate what they post on such sites out of work hours. Such policies can help to protect your business reputation.
Other Workplace Policies should include;
- Data Protection - GDPR
- Absence and sickness
- Workplace Bullying
- Maternity Policy
- Paternity Leave
- Acceptable use of Social media
- Equality, Inclusion and Diversity in the workplace
- Behaviour and dress in the workplace
- Home or remote working
- Pay, expenses and pensions
- Use of information technology