On 26 May 2002, the following report was given on The Sunday Times:
“There is one reason above all others that firms lose out at Tribunal ….. Companies do not have (employment) procedures and contracts in place.”
To date, we believe the same statement still applies. We provide bespoke procedures that are tailored for your company and, unlike competing products, when you have all our modules you have information covering all aspects of the employment relationship. Tailored employment procedures comprises of (a) Internal Management Manuals and (b) Employee Handbooks.
The Internal Management Manual is divided into 4 modules in accordance with different stages of employment. Each module explains the legal principles and sets of the best practices that management should follow. It is designed for control the circulation among selective senior personnel only. Typical issues covered are:
Module 1 – Recruitment of Personnel
Employment status, contractual issues, unlawful discrimination, foreign workers.
Module 2 – Payment, Welfare and Benefits
Working time, pay, unlawful discrimination, maternity and parental rights, ill health
Module 3 – Operation, Discipline and Grievance
Privacy at work, use of communications, data protection, health and safety, discipline and grievance procedure.
Module 4 – Termination of Employment
Pay in lieu, unfair dismissal, redundancy, employment tribunal, restrictive covenants.
The Employment Handbook is designed to be issued to every employee on his / her first day of employment. These should be updated from time to time. Typical contents are:
Section A – Recruitment and equal opportunity
Recruitment policy and procedure, equal opportunity policy, harassment policy, change of personal data.
Section B – Working time, holidays and absences
Working time, holidays, absences
Section C – Training and behaviour
Professional membership, quality improvement procedure, problems and complaints, disciplinary procedure, grievance procedure
Section D – Code of conduct
Use of Internet / e-mail, Copyright, security, personal property.
Section E – Benefits
Payroll policy and procedure, overtime authorisation, pension scheme, retirement benefits, health scheme and medical insurance, Inland Revenue, business car mileage allowances.