Employee Handbooks

Employees can refer to your Staff Handbook during important circumstances related to their work, such as a disciplinary procedure or when taking time off work for illness.

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Why You Need An Employee Handbook

Although business owners may have a good knowledge of common employment law issues they may be unaware of their obligations for less common issues, such as requests for flexible working or how to deal with an employee who raises a “whistleblowing” complaint.
 
They need a convenient central repository - called the Employee Handbook - of all the legal issues pertaining to employees so that they can refer to them when the circumstances require it.
 
An Employee Handbook:

  • keeps a record of complex legal requirements relating to the company's relationship with its employees
  • provides objective information to employees, e.g. how much holiday they’re entitled to each year, what they can expect to get paid during sickness and how disciplinary procedures will be dealt with
  • contains information about dismissals, e.g. sets out the circumstances under which an employee can be dismissed

If you dismiss an employee but don’t make them aware of the policies and procedures contained within the Employee Handbook, they could potentially challenge their dismissal on the grounds that it was unfair.

Employee Handbooks crafted by Qualified Employment Lawyers

It can sometimes be challenging to know what to write in an Employee Handbook, especially if you haven’t written one before. Because every company is different, so too is every employee handbook.

When you have a useful handbook, you can more effectively manage your employee onboarding process, deal properly with variations to contracts and engage in disciplinary procedures.

The topics you cover in your handbook need to be specific to your product and operations. If you need help with your employee handbook, then get in touch with us.

We can help you stay compliant

These are policies you should have, but outside the scope of a Contract of Employment, which should be included in your Employee Handbook:
Disciplinary & Grievance Policy Equal Opportunities Harassment & Bullying Equal Pay Dignity at Work Stress Relationships at Work Maternity & paternity Adoption Leave Parental & Shared Parental Leave Time Off for Dependents Flexible Working
Homeworking Policy Health & Safety at Work Policy Drugs & Alcohol Data Protection & Retention (GDPR) Vehicle & Mobile Phone Policies Whistleblowing Social Media Bereavement Policy Adverse Weather & Travel Disruption Retirement Anti-Corruption Modern Day Slavery

Why Neathouse Partners?

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Renowned expertise

Our team comprises of industry leaders and specialists dedicated to staying ahead of the curve in the latest Employment Law, Health & Safety and HR developments.

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Services tailored to you

A fully bespoke 1-2-1 client-adviser model, offering a dedicated, fully qualified and experienced advisor to each client, who can handle all documentation and queries on their behalf.

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Fixed fees

We base our prices on fixed monthly retainers, so you and your business receive an unlimited service without unexpected bills. This helps you to budget for your HR and Employment Law spend.

What our clients say about us

As a company, we have used Neathouse for a number of years. The service throughout has been exceptional. All matters are dealt with in a prompt and efficient manner. James and Gwyn are always on hand to deal with any issues and have provided detailed employment contracts, staff handbooks and advised on complex matters. I would highly recommend Neathouse as a trusted HR partner.

Amanda Chalmers Executive Assistant Stretton Capital
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A great service - fast, professional and friendly with accurate information on all things HR.
Full outsourced HR service is provided giving us peace of mind that we remain compliant

Steve Griffith Business Manager St Gerard's School Trust
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“Having used the services of Neathouse Partners for many years, I’m confident to say that their employment law advice is commercial and focused on the answer rather than the journey! I have recommended the team to many other businesses and have never heard a bad word said.”

Scott Young Director - Corporate Services RedEye

The experts on hand have been exceptional, their service is excellent and such value for money. If you are considering outsourcing your HR then I recommend you do.

Courtney Nangle Charity Manager Sue Young Cancer Support in Leicestershire and Rutland
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FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Neathouse Partners.

What geographical areas does Neathouse Partners cover?

We offer services to all businesses and organisations located in England, Wales and Scotland.

Does Neathouse Partners cover my industry?

We provide HR and employment law services across a range of industries, including:

  • Health and social care 
  • Retail
  • Hospitality and leisure
  • Charities
  • Construction
  • Engineering and manufacturing
  • Commercial cleaning
  • Healthcare

Visit our industries page for more information on the sectors we cover. If you can't find what you're looking for, get in touch and we'll let you know if we can cover your industry.

What makes Neathouse Partners different from other service providers?

We pride ourselves on our professional yet personal service, and build close working relationships with our clients so that we remain accountable for the advice we give. We provide personalised solutions to our clients, tailoring them to their unique business challenges while making them compliant with UK employment law and HR best practices. 

As a business owner, you need to focus on what’s really important to your business, with the peace of mind that we're looking after your HR requirements. We draft, edit and prepare your documents on your behalf, so that you can focus on your business knowing you’re fully compliant. 

We're a small collective of specialist qualified employment lawyers and HR experts, delivering an outcome-focused end-to-end service that helps you to operate at your best and comply with both UK law and HR best practices. 

You’ll be given your own personal HR Consultant or Employment Lawyer, who'll take their time to really get to know you, your business, and how you operate. This enables us to support what’s right for your business, whenever you need it. Our unique offering of lawyer-led employment law services, combined with expert HR advice, means that we can provide a seamless and consistent service to our clients. Unlike other companies offering HR solutions, our services always come at a fixed cost, enabling you to easily budget for your HR requirements, with no financial surprises later down the line. There’s no usage limits and no hidden extras. You can rest assured that all of your HR and employment law requirements are covered.

Which sizes of companies does Neathouse Partners help?

Neathouse Partners caters to a diverse clientele, accommodating the needs of everyone from small businesses with a single employee to large-scale organisations with 7,000 or more employees.

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