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Set up employment policies for your business

You do not have to have a staff policy on every single aspect of your business. Indeed, some types of policy may be irrelevant or unhelpful.

However, as an employer, you must set out details of your disciplinary and grievance procedures in writing and, if you employ five or more people, you must have a written health and safety policy.

In instances where there may be no legal requirement, it is still good practice to set out formal written policies so that workers understand what is expected of them and what they can expect in return. Policies also help to create a culture where issues are dealt with fairly and consistently.

This guide identifies key policies that have to meet certain legal requirements and those that have no legal grounding but should be considered for best practice. It also considers which policies should be put in place for different business needs and gives practical guidance on how to write staff policies.

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Employment & skills

Staff documents and employment policies


Set up employment policies for your business


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What types of policies should I set up?


Policies on working time and time off


Equality and diversity policies


Health and safety policies


Policies on discipline, grievance, bullying and harassment


Policies to help you protect your assets


Anti-bribery policies


Training and performance management


Pay, rewards and benefits


Managing personal relationships at work


Writing and communicating staff policies