HR Toolkit

Open Road HR can provide businesses with HR Toolkits.  These can be tailored made to match your business requirements but examples of documents included in these Toolkits are:


Contract of Employments:
Regardless of the size of your business, you are obliged to issue your employees with written contracts of employment that contain certain prescribed information (see useful information page) defined by law. If you do not, then you can be taken to Employment Tribunal.  Given that you have this legal obligation, you may as well make the most of it as an opportunity to ensure that your employees have clear well written terms that work for you too.

Answer our easy simple questions that covers all of your statutory obligations and we will produce a draft standard contract for your business.

For more complex organisations you may have requirements that go beyond the statutory minimum and need to include clauses that offer your business additional protection should things go wrong. For example:-

  • Do you want to restrict your employees from working for a competitor?
  • Do you want to impose obligations of confidentiality upon them?
  • Do you want to be able to put them on “garden leave” if they resign?
  • Do you want to stop them poaching your customers or staff once they leave?

We will talk to you in more depth about your business and its requirements and then produce an employee contract which meets the specific needs of your business.


Company Handbooks and Policies:
Businesses of all sizes benefit from having clear policies and procedures as well as Company Handbooks (sometimes referred to as Staff Handbooks). If you spell out carefully what is expected from your staff then your business runs more efficiently in the way that you require.

It should also mean that dealing with misunderstandings or the occasional problem is more straight-forward when you can point to a handbook that each of your employees has received. Your handbook might cover issues such as;

  • Attendance – what happens when someone takes unauthorized time off?
  • Sickness absence rules – what should you pay? What should your staff tell you?
  • Maternity, paternity, adoptive & parental rights – what does the law require?
  • Additional leave policy – do you need to give time off for emergencies? How about jury service?
  • Grievance procedure – what are the new rules?
  • Disciplinary procedure – if you need to dismiss or discipline what is a fair procedure?
  • Communication policy – what do you do if one of your staff is sending “dodgy” emails
  • Relocation policy – How flexible do your staff have to be?
  • Smoking policy – what arrangements do you need to make?
  • Security policy & rules – can you search if necessary?
  • Emergency procedures – Do your staff know what to do if there is a fire or other incident?
  • Equal Opportunities & Harassment policy
  • Retirement policy – How long can your employees carry on working?
  • Computer Security policy – how do you protect your valuable data?
  • Drink and drugs – What should you do if someone turns up under the influence?

All common enough issues but what should your staff expect from you in these circumstances? Set your rules out clearly in a handbook and clear and concise Policies and Procedures and it makes it much easier for you, as the employer, to deal with those situations.

Open Road HR are able to offer you a variety of packages with regards to Company Handbook’s and policies which include one off purchases of one or more of these documents or packages including all of the policies required for your business and these documents updated on a regular basis (normally every 6 months).

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