Contracts, policies and handbooks
Clear and fair documentation is the bedrock of good HR practice, providing your employees with straightforward guidance on what you expect from them. Our team of HR consultants can review any existing contracts, handbooks, starter packs and standalone policies – or can help to draft bespoke documentation that will help you deal more easily with the issues common to management.
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A legal contract is formed whenever an offer of employment is accepted by an individual, whether or not this contract is specified in writing. Without a written employment contract, the terms of employment are assumed to be based on customary practice and statutory rights. You are also in breach of employment legislation if you don’t provide certain information in writing. As this can invite ambiguities and disputes over the exact conditions, it is crucial that you correctly define a formal employment contract.
Many tribunal cases have been based on an alleged breach of contract, or ambiguities around what the contract says. Employment law also changes frequently, making it doubly important to make sure your contracts and policies are up-to-date, and in line with current legislation and practices.
Bruce has managed to ignite a real interest in learning about First Aid provision and the importance of the First Aid role in the workplace here at London Expedia and Egencia Manchester offices. Previously to Bruce’s individual approach to carrying out Site based courses, it was a struggle to truly engage delegates to enrol on a three-day course, which took time out of their busy schedules. However, with a few courses under his belt, he has received fantastic feedback from employees. We currently have forty employees all waiting to enrol for 2018 (in just one Site alone) which is truly a remarkable turnaround. Well done Bruce!
The seamless service between the HR and legal teams in the Loch Associates Group has proved invaluable to us when we needed support with urgent, sensitive matters. The response was appropriate, professional and timely – we could not have asked for more. As a result of this excellent start, we have engaged HRA to provide us with ongoing support on employee matters safe in the knowledge that they will engage with their colleagues within the Group when those services are needed.
I found Loch HR an absolute blessing at a time when I really needed help. Deborah was excellent. Highly recommend their services.
HR Advise me has supported us with all our HR issues since 2015. They provide a comprehensive service which ensures we are up to date with best practices and maintain a happy, motivated team. The HR Advise me team provide calm, professional and helpful support to prevent things from going wrong and to help resolve any issues that do arise. It is reassuring to know that they are available whenever I might need their support and advice and I would highly recommend them.
We recently implemented a new HR software solution with Loch Associates Group, and have to say the level of service and training was excellent. The software itself has made many of the HR related challenges much easier to manage, and the assistance with the set-up, implementation and training has been first class. If you’re looking for an affordable HR software solution, I would certainly recommend Loch Associates Group very highly indeed.
It has been a pleasure to work with Loch Associates Group. The team are always prompt in responding to enquiries and clearly have extensive knowledge within the industry. The reports are comprehensive and have assisted significantly with managing very difficult situations with varying complexities in both mental and physical health cases. The services Loch Associates Group provides have become an asset to the Company, contributing to reduced absenteeism and employee engagement. Their services are tailored to our Companies requirements, which has added value to our wider health and wellbeing strategy.
Have to say I love working with Kez – she’s like a breath of fresh air and has been so helpful and supportive over these last few weeks. Really made a difference to my workload..
I have no hesitation in recommending Loch Associates to any of my contacts should they ask my advice on employment issues.
Have to say I love working with Kez – she’s like a breath of fresh air and has been so helpful and supportive over these last few weeks. It really made a difference to my workload.
Bespoke materials: policy documents, handbooks & social media
Loch HR can ensure that our key essential policies surrounding sickness and absence, data protection, disciplinary, grievance and equality are in order. We can assist in drafting more unique clauses and policies for your business if required. One example would be the provision of ground rules around the use of social media, where a consistent and uniform approach can help to avoid situations that could harm your company’s reputation.
Well-prepared HR documents, contracts and policies can also help to clarify the precise terms of employment for both the company and the employee. Many employees will turn to the company policies first, so removing any ambiguity paves the way for excellent working relationships for everyone concerned.