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One of the best ways of avoiding misunderstandings between employees and employers in the workplace is to implement employment policies – preferably in writing.
At the start of a new employee’s employment, an employer must provide details of the grievance and disciplinary procedures. (This is an ACAS requirement.) 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 protect your business reputation.
Ensure employees understand the policies
New employment policies brought in during an employee’s employment must be clearly drafted and explained properly to employees.
Maternity, paternity and adoption rights
Employment rights relating to maternity, paternity and adoption are covered by statute. The law in these areas has changed regularly in recent years. If you have experienced an employment law issue relating to these areas, or are preparing staff guidance and policies, please get in touch and we will explain the current position to you.
Working time, hours, leave and flexible working
The rules relating to working time, hours, leave and flexible working are set out in statute and wide-ranging. Those preparing policies that refer to these issues, should seek expert guidance.
Examples of common workplace policies
Common examples of policies used by employers include those that cover:
- Absence and sickness
- Behaviour and dress in the workplace
- Anti-discrimination in the workplace
- Discipline and grievance procedures
- Home or remote working
- Pay, expenses and pensions
- Social media
- Data Protection
- Use of information technology
How can we help?
We can review with you and your human resources team what kinds of policies would work best in your workplace.
We can also draft policies and help you with their implementation.
To find out more about employment policies, contact Susan Mayall on 0161 684 6948 or make an enquiry.