Spring clean your HR policies

Employment legislation is constantly changing and your HR policies can easily get out of date.

Key policies that have changed in the last few years include:

  • Zero Hours Contracts – changed following the ban on the use of exclusivity clauses in May 2015
  • Shared Parental Leave – introduced for mothers and fathers of babies due on or after 6 April 2015
  • Adoption Leave – changed to mirror Maternity Leave and Pay in April 2015
  • Absence – changed by the introduction of the Fit for Work scheme in 2015 and Fit Notes in April 2010
  • Maternity and Paternity Leave – extended to allow fathers to attend ante-natal appointments in October 2014
  • Flexible Working – extended to all employees from June 2014
  • Parental Leave – extended to 18 weeks in March 2013
  • Paternity Leave – changed by the introduction of Additional Paternity Leave in April 2011
  • Retirement – removed by the Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations April 2011
  • Bullying and Harassment – changed by the Equality Act October 2010
  • Absence – changed by the introduction of the Fit Note in April 2010
  • Discipline and Grievance – changed by the introduction of the New Acas Code of Practice in April 2009

If any of these policies have not been updated since the associated legislation was introduced or changed then your Employee Handbook, or individual policies, are overdue a review.

How I Work

I can review your Section 1 Statement and Employee Handbook for compliance with employment legislation and provide a written report detailing which sections are out of date because legislation has changed and therefore putting your business at risk. I will also include any general observations I have about ways to improve the user friendliness of your documents.

What happens next is up to you.

Legislation has Changed

If your HR related policies are out of date because legislation has changed, I can update them to bring them into line with current legislation. My written report will confirm the fees and anticipated timescales should you wish me to proceed with the updates I have outlined.

No Longer Fit for Purpose

Some or all of your HR Policies may no longer be fit for purpose for instance the simple absence policy you implemented when you recruited your first employee may no longer be suitable now you employ 50 employees. Also, as your business grows you may have a need to introduce new policies such as energy conservation or dress codes. Where your HR Section 1 Statement and Employee Handbook need a complete re-write because they are no longer fit for purpose, I will meet with you to discuss your requirements, from there I will write your new documents and support you with the implementation. Once I have met you, I will provide a quote based on the amount of time involved to complete and implement your new documents.

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Spring clean your HR policies

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