Taylor Fordyce Articles

Employment:  Policies and Procedures

April 2013

Many employers adopt standard policies and procedures purchased from stationers (or other suppliers) to deal with the internal affairs of the business and the HR implications involved.

Employers need to understand that these policies and procedures have to be up-dated from time to time, to keep pace with the new legislation continually emanating from the EU.

It is advisable that employers ensure that contracts of employment for employees make it clear that these policies and procedures “do not form part of the Contract of Employment”. This will enable the employer to amend them as appropriate from time to time and circulate them to their employees.

This may avoid situations where an employee expects problems or issues to be dealt with under out-dated policies and procedures which happen to have been incorporated into their employment contract as part of the terms and conditions, deviation from which may constitute a breach to their contract.