Our experienced employment-law solicitors advise community organisations on all aspects of employment contracts and internal policies and procedures.

It is important that employment contracts and internal policies and procedures are clear and easy to understand to reduce the risk of them being open to interpretation and potentially leave your organisation open to claims. Employment contracts, and internal policies and procedures are the most important pieces of legally binding documentation that exist between an employer and an employee.

Clear employment contracts and internal policies and procedures benefit both the employer and employees, as with them they know where they stand and the actions that should be taken in certain events. It is imperative that employment contracts and internal policies and procedures are frequently reviewed to ensure they are relevant and in compliance with changes to employment law and sector-specific regulations and that they reflect developments in your organisation.

At Anthony Collins Solicitors our team of employment-law solicitors provides practical support to TMOs and community organisations to prepare clear employment contracts and internal policies and procedures to ensure the smooth running of day-to-day operations.

Internal policies provide guidance to all employees within an organisation on how it operates and 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. Community organisations may have internal policies covering a number of areas, including:

  • Employment.
  • Finance.
  • Premises.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Diversity.
  • Risk management.
  • Service delivery.
  • Training.
  • Volunteer involvement.
Our employment contracts, and internal policies and procedures service

We work with a number of community organisations 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 team of 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.
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When is “stand-by time”, working time?

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has given a Judgement in Ville de Nivelles v Matzak on whether stand-by time constitutes working time under the Working Time Directives.

Surveillance Cameras and Privacy at Work
Surveillance Cameras and Privacy at Work

Employers are having to walk a fine line between protecting their interests whilst also ensuring that they are not breaching their employees’ rights.

Working Time Regulations and ‘compensatory rest’
Working Time Regulations and ‘compensatory rest’

Under the Working Time Regulations (WTR) a worker is entitled to a 20 minute rest break away from their workstation if their daily working time exceeds six hours. However, there are limited circumstan

Bypassing Collectively Agreed Terms
Bypassing Collectively Agreed Terms

What can an employer do when its negotiations with a recognised union break down and they cannot collectively agree changes to terms?

Employee concerns and whistleblowing
Employee concerns and whistleblowing

Can an employee’s concerns raised purely out of self-interest constitute a qualifying disclosure for whistleblowing purposes?

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