Contracts & Policies

Every workplace should have clear cut policies and employee handbooks, which supplement the contract of employment. This ensures that all parties are clear about the conduct expected and that in the event of a breach, there can be no claims of misunderstanding.

Whether you are an employee who believes policies are discriminatory or missing, or an employer who would like support with structuring the correct framework, our legal team can help. We can provide advice on statutory obligations, such as dealing with sick pay, data protection or maternity leave. We can also supply template policies for contracts and handbooks on all main areas of employment law.

For more information about our employment law services please call us on +44 (0)20 3475 6751 or email info@carterbond.co.uk

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Are you looking for information about employment law, including contracts, policies and handbooks? We can help with professional legal advice for employers.

The idea of having extensive employee handbooks and policies to supplement contracts of employment may sound like a lot of extra work. However, it provides clarity to your employees and offers you protection from complaints of unfair treatment or poor practices.

An employment contract is very personal and will be specific to the individual you are hiring. Policies and handbooks are generic and should be available to every employee in the company.

What is an employee handbook?

All of the operating procedures for your company should be clearly set out within the employee handbook. This includes all the policies in force, including those which are legally required such as safety in the workplace and equal opportunity.

The handbook makes it clear to every employee what you expect from them, and what their rights are in certain circumstances. This should include everything from the procedure to book annual leave right through to the whistleblowing policy.

Does my business need an employee handbook?

Every business, no matter how big or small, should have an employee handbook. It should be given to every individual when they join the company and allows you to clearly communicate your culture from the start.

Having a handbook and clear policies set out in writing enables fair and consistent treatment for all employees, and minimises complaints.

You should also include the employee benefits in your handbook so that everyone has a means of checking what they’re entitled to.

Can I keep the same handbook in operation once it's been created?

You only need to draft the employee handbook and your operating policies in their entirety once. However, you should regularly review your handbook to check that it remains compliant and legal. Changes in legislation or company policy may mean changes are required, and this should be communicated to all employees in a timely fashion.

If you need help creating your company handbook and setting up your policies, or you’re looking for a review, our experienced employment law professionals can assist.


Howard Lewis-Nunn

Employment Partner / Barrister

e: howard@carterbond.co.uk
t: +44 020 3475 2713
m: +44 07572 823 361

Reena Popat

Managing Partner

e: reena@carterbond.co.uk
t: +44 020 3475 2724 
m: +44 07931 347 854


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