HR Health Check

How healthy is your business? To find out, answer these simple questions below.

1. Do all your employees have a written contract of employment? Y/N
2. Are these contracts of employment issued within the first 8 weeks of their employment commencing? Y/N
3. Do you have job descriptions for all roles within the organisation? Y/N
4. Do you check that all employees have the right to work in the UK? Y/N
5. Do you have a staff handbook? Y/N
6. Do you have written disciplinary and grievance procedures? Y/N
7. Do your policies and procedures comply with employment legislation? Y/N
8. Do you have a probationary period for new hires? Y/N
9. Do you know the 5 reasons for a fair dismissal? Y/N
10. Do you have a clear procedure for dealing with absence? Y/N


If you answered yes to under 5 questions, you are at high risk and should take immediate action.

If you answered yes to under 10 questions, you are at moderate risk, there is room for improvement in this instance.

If you answered yes to 10 and more questions, well done! You are at low risk – your HR essentials seem to be in place.

How can Employment Law Services (ELS) Help?

If you are an employer who requires assistance with any of the issues raised in this blog contact us today for your free consultation 0370 218 5662.


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Employers have a number of implied duties in the employment contract including a duty to provide a safe and suitable working environment, a duty not to destroy mutual trust and confidence, and a duty to provide redress of grievances.

In many cases the acts of an individual employee during the course of their employment can be treated as having also been done by the employer meaning the employer could be found “vicariously liable” for acts committed by an employee that are in breach of current employment laws.

There is a defence available to an employer if it can show that it took all reasonable steps to prevent the employee from acting in breach of the law such as ensuring the existence of effective HR policies however, in of itself this is not enough. Employers should also provide appropriate training for Directors, Managers and Employees to ensure they are aware of, and able to meet their legal responsibilities.

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