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Looking for an Employee handbook.

Discussion in 'Employment & HR' started by 57U, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. 57U

    57U UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    As the title suggests I'm looking for an Employee handbook to be drawn up.

    Currently have 3 staff, 1 full time, 2 x part time.

    We are involved in Cleaning and Property Maintenance.

    I'm a member of the FSB so I can get advice from them but obviously I need more than this, IE contracts of employment etc.

    Where / who should I be contacting to get the ball rolling on this ?

    Kind Regards

    Dave
     
    Posted: Dec 23, 2016 By: 57U Member since: Oct 29, 2015
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  2. Newchodge

    Newchodge UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Any HR specialist, preferably one you get through personal recommendation. I provide this kind of service, as I believe Karl @Employment Law Clinic does as well.
     
    Posted: Dec 24, 2016 By: Newchodge Member since: Nov 8, 2012
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  3. The Accountancy Lab

    The Accountancy Lab UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Newchodge knows her stuff; you'll see from her posts on the forum. As does Karl, however.

    You wouldn't go wrong with either of them.
     
    Posted: Dec 24, 2016 By: The Accountancy Lab Member since: Aug 7, 2016
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  4. profitxchange

    profitxchange UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Try acas as well. I presume they still exist - they have lots of documents and they give advice for free.
     
    Posted: Dec 24, 2016 By: profitxchange Member since: Apr 16, 2005
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  5. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Have you looked at the FSB list of printed items I think they cover most of what you want
     
    Posted: Dec 24, 2016 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  6. profitxchange

    profitxchange UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Here is a contents page for the copy I produced for a client - if its any help (few years old)
    Contents


    Introduction

    Forward


    The client experience


    Systems & Processes


    Training and expertise


    Quality assurance


    Confidentiality & IPR


    Computer security


    Flexible working


    Provision of equipment


    COMMON EMPLOYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

    Continuous employment

    Job descriptions

    Job location

    Remuneration

    Remuneration

    Expenses

    Pension

    Gifts

    Hours of work

    Holidays & absence

    Holidays
    Bereavement

    Sickness

    Family emergency

    Pregnancy

    Appointments

    Paternity

    Jury service

    Adoption

    Public duties

    Parental



    Conduct & behaviour

    Dress code

    Mobile phone etiquette


    Business restructuring


    TERMINATION

    Resignation

    Retirement

    Termination



    ALCOHOL & SUBSTANCE ABUSE


    EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES


    HARRASSMENT, BULLYING OR VICTIMISATION


    HEALTH & SAFETY


    GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE


    DISCIPLINe & Dismissal


    Gross Misconduct


    additional policy notes

    Disability

    Environment

    Equal Opportunities

    Health & Safety
     
    Posted: Dec 24, 2016 By: profitxchange Member since: Apr 16, 2005
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  7. Sandra Campbell

    Sandra Campbell UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Posted: Dec 29, 2016 By: Sandra Campbell Member since: Dec 8, 2016
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  8. Sandra Campbell

    Sandra Campbell UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi Dave
    My organisation provides such services. Let me know if we can be of assistance.
    Regards
    Sandra
     
    Posted: Dec 29, 2016 By: Sandra Campbell Member since: Dec 8, 2016
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  9. profitxchange

    profitxchange UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Posted: Dec 29, 2016 By: profitxchange Member since: Apr 16, 2005
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  10. 57U

    57U UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Thanks for all the replies, I'll get back to this in a day or two.
     
    Posted: Jan 4, 2017 By: 57U Member since: Oct 29, 2015
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  11. thao12

    thao12 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I provide this kind of service, I needed
     
    Posted: Jan 4, 2017 By: thao12 Member since: Dec 22, 2016
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  12. carl.atkinson

    carl.atkinson UKBF Regular Free Member

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    My firm offers a fixed fee arrangement for the provision of either a bespoke handbook (and if required employment contracts) or alternatively a good standard handbook which has been drafted by a leading employment barrister which is written in straightforward english and contains all the relevant policies that we feel are required by most businesses. Please get in touch if you are interested. Best wishes, Carl
     
    Posted: Jan 4, 2017 By: carl.atkinson Member since: Jul 14, 2014
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  13. Sophie Lovell-Smith

    Sophie Lovell-Smith UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Bespoke HR also do this on a regular basis with new and existing clients. We can either bespoke an existing template or provide an up to date, compliant template which can also be made bespoke if there are particular items that you need. We have a non practicing lawyer as part of our team who makes sure everything is watertight. Find us at via our website - google Bespoke HR or feel free to contact me directly here. We also have employment contracts and a host of other templates that can be shared either on an ad hoc basis or as part of a outsourced HR fee plan. Hope you got the answers you were looking for!
     
    Posted: Jan 5, 2017 By: Sophie Lovell-Smith Member since: Oct 6, 2016
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  14. ethical PR

    ethical PR UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Wow all these new HR/employment people who haven't contributed at all to the forum coming out of the woodwork and pitching their services :(
     
    Posted: Jan 5, 2017 By: ethical PR Member since: Apr 19, 2009
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  15. The Accountancy Lab

    The Accountancy Lab UKBF Ace Free Member

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    *squawk squawk*
    Yes, that's vultures we can here.
     
    Posted: Jan 5, 2017 By: The Accountancy Lab Member since: Aug 7, 2016
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  16. Employment Law Clinic

    Employment Law Clinic UKBF Big Shot Full Member - Verified Business

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    Hi Dave,


    As some have mentioned above, I offer this service, always contracts drafted to meet the specific needs of the client, with a handbook that you & your staff know where you respectively stand.


    As you already recognise that you could do better than the templates from FSB, I wouldn’t recognise ACAS, as you’ll get much the same, but the FSB could be better; both would be rather basic/limited though.


    Profitxchange has offered a very comprehensive list of what could be included in a Handbook, but for a small company, I suspect that would-be overkill, and if you sought something covering all of that it would be either covering a lot more than necessary (with the fees to go with it), or very scant on every heading (with the lack of detail & protection for you that goes with that).


    I suspect I know the standard handbook that @carl.atkinson offers (DB’s Carl?), and while generic templates, this could be a practical option for the number of staff you have.


    I recommend avoiding the templates (at least the free ones – Carl’s could be useful, but I can’t remember what it includes), and discussing your needs with a few providers – and there’s quite a few new providers on these forums these days, so you have lots of choices.


    Karl Limpert
     
    Posted: Jan 5, 2017 By: Employment Law Clinic Member since: Aug 10, 2009
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  17. carl.atkinson

    carl.atkinson UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Karl - you are correct. We now have a large Employment Team at may firm and we have used these policies several times for Clients who want a "no nonsense"/simple handbook. We think that they do that job very well and offer a cost effective solution which is preferable to many of the "cut and paste" offerings from other suppliers. Obviously my view would be that bespoke policies are to be preferred but not very Client wants that level of service (and cost). Regards
     
    Posted: Jan 6, 2017 By: carl.atkinson Member since: Jul 14, 2014
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