Company handbooks / staff handbook
A company handbook (or staff handbook) is a document in which many employers set out those ‘rules’, policies and procedures which do not appear in the contract of employment. They are a good way of passing on all sorts of important information to staff about their rights, obligations and their employers expectations of them. We are able to offer the following policies at £50 plus VAT per policy, or £999 plus VAT for a complete set of policies.
We may do all of your policies and contracts for free if you sign up to a three year telephone helpline service!
If your business requires further policies not included below, please contact our employment team on 0845 225 2635 for a quote.
Examples of the types of policies / procedures contained in company handbooks – and which we highly recommend you have are:
- Expenses Policy
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Anti-harassment and Bullying Policy
- Anti-corruption and Bribery Policy
- Sickness Absence Policy
- Capability Procedure
- Disciplinary Rules
- Disciplinary Procedure
- Grievance Procedure
- Whistleblowing Policy
- Maternity Policy
- Paternity Policy
- Adoption Policy
- Parental Leave Policy
- Time Off for Dependants Policy
- Compassionate Leave
- Bereavement Leave
- Flexible Working Policy
- Homeworking Policy
- Career Break Policy
- Time Off for Training Policy
- Time Off for Public Duties
- Adverse Weather and Travel Disruption Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- No-smoking Policy
- Stress at Work Policy
- Substance Misuse Policy
- Data Protection Policy
- Information and Communications Systems Policy
- Social Media Policy
- Redundancy Policy
- Retirement Policy
Company handbooks and policies / procedures contained within them may be contractual or non-contractual, depending upon how they are worded and whether they confer any rights onto the employees.
If a document is “contractual” then it forms part of the employment contract and cannot easily be changed.
From an employer’s point of view, it is preferable that the handbook is non-contractual, because they are able to withdraw or amend particular parts of the handbook as and when they see fit. On the other hand, if the policies / procedures are contractual and confer rights on the employees, the employer will not be able to amend or withdraw the policies / procedures without the consent of the employees. This can prove very restrictive in practice.
It may be possible to phase out contractual handbooks, policies or procedures and replace them with non-contractual ones. However, this is very risky for employers and advice should be sought before any action is taken.