Free Employment Law Contract & Staff Handbook Review

Employment Law Solicitor, Emma Spandrzyk discusses her latest offer of a free Employment Law contract & staff handbook review…

With the school summer holidays in full swing, increasing numbers of staff will be making the most of the sunny weather and taking up periods of leave. In light of this, we have seen an increased number of queries around annual leave entitlement and how to manage cover during extended periods of sickness absence.

The first port of call to establish your employee’s entitlements will usually be the employment contract and staff handbook. This is therefore the perfect opportunity to review the arrangements that you have in place to ensure your business remains legally compliant.

To assist with this, we are offering a free employment contract and handbook review to check compliance with current employment legislation. The offer includes a document review with recommendations being made to tighten up any provisions.

Whether you have nothing in place, or you just need an expert review, it is time to dust off your paperwork to ensure that your business has the protection it needs to guard against exposure to those costly employment disputes.

When assessing the value in having contracts and handbooks in place, we are often asked:

Do My Staff Need Employment Contracts?

The simple answer is yes! Staff are entitled to a Statement of their Main Terms and Conditions of Employment (also known as an Employment Contract) as a “Day 1 right”. Failure to issue a contract  can leave your business open to a claim for compensation in the event that a member of your team is successful in bringing a claim in the Employment Tribunal.

Does My Business Need A Staff Handbook?

Although there is no specific legal requirement to have one, we would always recommend having a Staff Handbook in place.

There are a number of policies and procedures that your business should implement for example, policies on absence management, disciplinary and grievance procedures. The Handbook serves as a tool to consolidate all these arrangements and will help you to keep on top of any simmering employment disputes.

How Often Should Contracts And Handbooks Be Reviewed?

At least annually! Employment Law is incredibly fast paced and there is often a raft of changes implemented year on year. Reviewing on an annual basis will ensure that contracts and key policies are up to date and reflect any recent changes in the law.

How Can Timms Help?

It can be a minefield keeping your business practices and policies up to date. As a subscriber to our Employment HUB, if you do not have an employment contract and handbook in place, we will provide you with one. Where contracts are already in place, the HUB includes an annual review of these documents as part of the service.

More information about our Employment HUB can be accessed here.

How Much Does It Cost?

For a free risk assessment on your existing policies and procedures and a no obligation quote for subscription to the Employment HUB, please do not hesitate to contact Emma Spandrzyk in our Employment Team. Emma can be contacted on or by phone on 01530 564498.

Our HUB retainer starts from as little as £99 plus VAT per annum.


Emma Spandrzyk

August 2022

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