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Do I need any HR Policies?

There are very few HR policies that are a legal requirement. Here is a list of policies that we strongly advise that all businesses should have:

  • Disciplinary
  • Grievance
  • Health and Safety
  • Whistleblowing
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Sickness & performance management
  • Anti-Corruption and Bribery
  • Data Protection


Beyond that list, consider any other policy that helps in the communication of rules and procedures to staff, that helps meet the needs of your business, or is designed to protect the interests of your business.

Any policy / handbook should always be clear, user-friendly and easy to understand. Our team can provide templates or bespoke policies informed by our legal and HR experience.

When any employer is creating a new policy, or staff handbook, or reviewing an old document, you need to be mindful which (if any) terms are contractual. You will generally want to make policies and procedures non-contractual because, to remain as agile as possible as a business, you need to be able to change them without seeking the agreement of the staff . Once changed, the staff will remain bound by amended non-contractual policies because of their implied duty to obey lawful and reasonable orders.

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