Our Housing team are delighted following a formal tender procurement process to have been appointed to three lots under the new multi-million-pound legal services framework for The Riverside Group.
Our specialist employment-law solicitors support co-operatives and mutuals to ensure their employment contracts and internal policies and procedures comply with legislation.
Having well drafted and comprehensive employment contracts and internal policies and procedures is an efficient way of safeguarding your organisation from employees making a claim against you - making them the most important legally binding documents between an employer and an employee.
When drafting employment contracts and internal policies and procedures it is imperative that they are written in a clear and easy-to-understand way, to prevent them being left open to interpretation and potentially putting your organisation at risk from receiving claims from employees. Where staff are involved in ownership or membership, this is particularly important to get right.
Clear employment contracts, and internal policies and procedures are equally important for employees and employers and ensure that both parties understand their obligations. These documents should be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they remain relevant and comply with changes to employment law, within the organisation and sector-specific regulations and requirements.
At Anthony Collins Solicitors our specialist employment-law team supports co-operatives and mutuals to draft clear employment contracts, and internal policies and procedures to ensure the smooth running of day-to-day operations and help safeguard the organisation from employees making a claim against you.
Internal policies provide a framework within which an organisation makes choices about how it operates. They can help the organisation with decision making and provide a clear pathway of actions that should be taken in the event of a breach of contract or internal policy. Organisations may have policies on any number of topics, for example:
- Risk management
- Service delivery
- Volunteer involvement
Our employment contracts, and internal policies and procedures service
We work in partnership with many co-operatives and mutuals to ensure that their employment contracts, and internal policies and procedures are drafted in a clear and comprehensive manner, are tailored to the specific requirements of the organisation and take into consideration the sector-specific legislation and regulations.
Our experienced employment solicitors can advise on all aspects of employment contracts, and internal policies and procedures, including:
- Directors’ Service Agreements.
- Consultancy Agreements.
- Contracts of employment, including secondment and joint-employment contracts.
- Discrimination, bullying and harassment policies.
- Disciplinary and grievance procedures.
- Data protection and confidentiality procedures.
- Restrictive covenants.
- Staff handbooks and rules for employees.
- Joint contracts.
- Zero hour contracts.
- Sickness absence.
- Maternity, paternity, shared-parental and adoption leave.
- Equal opportunities.
- Health and safety policy.
Springfield Horseshoe Co-operative has engaged Anthony Collins Solicitors on a number of matters ranging from employment issues, board training, to general advice on the Co-operative Rules. We are always met with clear and concise advice with identified resolutions, delivered in a professional and approachable manner. Where a matter becomes non-cost effective in pursuing, this has also been identified with thoughtfully reasoned advice.Julia Pangbourne Housing Manager, Springfield Horseshoe Housing Management Co-operative Ltd.
Advisor on all aspects of HR and employment law.
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Many of us who have been following the unfolding Inquest, are not surprised that the Coroner found gross and significant failures on the part of those caring for him.
Transferring out of SHPS will not be suitable for every housing association. So what should housing associations do?
In all the action to remove defective cladding, leaseholders have been the elephant in the room. Whilst social landlords might have adopted a wait and see approach private landlords do not have that luxury.
We welcome the Labour Party’s commitment to doubling the size of the co-operative economy. We wholeheartedly support the ambition to grow this vitally important part of the economy.
It was first referred to in the Charities Act 2006 (which was subsequently replaced by the Charities Act 2011) but it has finally been announced that charitable companies are able to convert to a charitable incorporated organisation (“CIO”).
The Private Members Bill Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19 now has Government support and was debated at second reading on Friday 19 January 2018.
In short - yes. This is a common question in personal injury or clinical negligence claims and has recently come before the High Court in judicial review proceedings.
GDPR The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018 and bring changes to the rules governing data protection and the requirements placed on organisations which control or process personal data.
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