The Staff Handbook usually contains all of the employer’s policies and procedures that apply to employees and workers within that organisation. These policies and procedures are not usually contractual, rather they are the internal rules of the employer that can be amended at the employer’s discretion and without the requirement for the employee’s agreement.
Typical policies contained within any staff handbook would be the disciplinary, capability and grievance policies and procedures, family rights policies, such as maternity, shared parental and adoption leave and pay policies and procedures, and data protection and privacy policies.
Having a Staff Handbook where all policies can be located in one document enables the employee to have transparent access to the rules and procedures that apply in their employment and also allows the employer to have clear access to fair procedures that comply with UK employment law at any given time.
Therefore, it is important to update the Staff Handbook annually to ensure that it remains compliant with the latest employment laws and regulations.
At Hanne & Co, our Employment Law team can provide your business with a Staff Handbook that is tailored to your needs and up to date with UK employment law.