HR for Start-ups (quick guide)

As a minimum, if you are going to take on employees you need a Contract of Employment. Basic terms and conditions should be issued to all members of staff within 60 days of joining an organisation as an employee. These include details of hours and days worked, salary, holidays, notice and absence. We also recommend a probationary period.

We draft bespoke Employment Contracts containing all of the above clauses as well as additional clauses to protect the organisation in terms of confidentiality, probationary periods and restrictive covenants. We also provide Fixed-term Contracts, Zero hours Contracts, Part-time Contracts and Contracts for Services.

It is also best practice to provide a Staff handbook which contains all the key policies to help Employers to fairly manage their staff. We prepare bespoke Staff Handbooks to include the following policies as a minimum:

  •          Absence
  •          Adoption leave
  •          Anti-bribery
  •          Disciplinaries
  •          Grievances
  •          Health and safety
  •          Holidays
  •          Internet and Email
  •          Maternity leave
  •          Parental leave
  •          Paternity leave
  •          Performance management
  •          Shared Parental Leave
  •          Whistleblowing

 If you are paying employees then this should be facilitated via PAYE either by a Payroll company or your Accountancy firm.

Over time we recommend that you introduce Appraisals so that staff receive regular feedback on their performance. We prepare bespoke Appraisal and Feedback forms and can incorporate 360 degree Feedback into these.

As time progresses Your HR Partner are on hand to advise on any staff issues which arise from absence to poor performance, maternity to flexible working. We can also help with Disciplinaries and Grievances.

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