July 6, 2020
Data Protection – the Return to Work Safely Protocol
When the Return to Work Safely Protocol was published in May, we outlined the main considerations for employers. You can read this piece here. In this piece, we outlined that...
Employee Handbooks, Policies & Procedures
Lavelle Partners can assist your business or organisation on any aspect of staff handbooks, policies, and procedures. These documents are vital to the smooth running of your operation, ensuring that all employees have a common understanding of how your business operates in a manner that conforms with employment law. We frequently encounter businesses who have failed to invest appropriately in these areas, and as a result, have inadvertently breached the law. This not only puts employees at risk of injury, overwork, bullying and harassment, but it also places the business at risk of data protection, equality and other types of breaches.
Employee handbooks play a vital role in communicating company policies and procedures, terms and conditions, and information on leave and benefits. The handbook should be updated regularly, located in a central location, and be made available to all employees. In doing so, any updates or revisions can be seen by all staff.
The content of staff handbooks is not set in stone, but will typically include:
The objective of the staff handbook is to be the ‘go to’ reference for all employment-related information and is a ‘living document’ which evolves as the business develops.
Under current employment legislation, all employees must have received a copy of and signed that they have read the company disciplinary procedure and grievance processes (typically contained in a staff handbook), but the whole staff handbook is not a legal requirement.
Staff handbooks must be written by HR professionals with enough knowledge of all areas of employment law covered within the documents. They should also update the handbook regularly as the business changes, or legal requirements evolve. It is also important that the document and its accompanying policies and procedures are tailored to your business operation, not merely a standard publication.
Our Solicitors will work alongside your in-house or external HR team, ensuring that your staff handbook is drafted with the minimum of demands on your resources.
Lavelle Partners work with Talbot Pierce to provide a seamless service in respect of Human Resource Management. Talbot Pierce are a team of specialist HR professionals who work with us on a range of matters including advice on and delivery of conflict/dispute resolution solutions, best-practice HR strategies, policies and procedures.
If you are an employer based in Ireland and require guidance relating to staff handbooks, please contact Lavelle Partners in confidence on (01) 644 5800.
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