The following Employment Tax guidance note Produced by Tolley in partnership with Emilie Bennetts at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:
Certain aspects of the employment relationship have to be included within a written statement of employment that is given to the employee. See the Written statement of particulars (terms and conditions) guidance note.
Other terms must be put in writing, but only need to be 'reasonably accessible' to the employee. The employer can choose whether to include them in the written statement or to have them as separate documents, as a group of policy documents, or to put them into an employee handbook. They are:
disciplinary and grievance rules and procedures
sickness absence and pay
terms as to pensions and pension schemes
ERA 1996, s 2(2) and (3)
There is no requirement to have an employee handbook but the advantage of using one is that it can deal with a wide variety of aspects of the company's rules and culture, rather than simply focusing on the contractual rights of the individual employee. It can also present rules and policies in a less legalistic way which may be easier for the employee to understand. It is mandatory to have a written health and safety policy if the employer employs five or more people.
If an employer decides to have a handbook, this can include:
policy documents, such as disciplinary and grievance rules, rules governing holiday and holiday pay, sickness absence and sick pay, and policies on equality or equal opportunities, flexible working policy or whistleblowing
rules and procedures for the smooth and efficient running of the business, such as a company dress code, reclaiming expenses and access to corporate benefits
a general statement about the aims of the business and the culture that the employer would like to operate, such as details of any bribery and corruption policies
In larger organisations, the employee handbook may not be a physical book at all. Instead, or in addition, it may be a variety of information made available on the company's intranet.
The most impo
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