This section provides you with information and templates to support you to develop the appropriate policies and procedures.
1. Written Statement of Employment
2. Equal Opportunities
3. Annual / Holiday Leave
4. Maternity, Adoption, Paternity and Shared Paternity Leave
6. Disciplinary Procedures
7. Grievance Procedures
The Employment Rights Act 1996 requires you to issue employees with a written statement of employment within two months of their start date. Setting out the terms of employment in writing
also helps to avoid potential misunderstandings.
It is important that you select the most appropriate that suits your business and reflects the arrangements you have with your employees.
Acas provide a template for a
An Equal Opportunities policy describes your commitment to equal opportunities at all stages of employment. This policy should reflect the law, namely
Acas have developed the following forms and templates to support employers with their responsibilities in promoting equality and diversity:
Employees must be made aware of their holiday entitlement and the process for requesting holiday leave. The Acas leaflet contains information that will support you with this.
Use of a Holiday Request Form will support your record keeping.
UK Government website:
As an employer, it is important that working parents are supported to balance work commitments with family life.
The UK Government website provides information to inform employees of:
Acas also provide templates to support the parental leave process:
It is important that employees are aware of what to do if they are going to be absent from work. Having a company process for dealing with absence will ensure that everyone is treated fairly
The template absence procedure can be adapted to reflect company requirements.
Acas also provide the following templates to support the recording of absence:
The following templates can be used to support various stages of the sickness absence process:
Acas website: Managing staff absence: A step-by-step guide
It is always better to prevent a disciplinary issue arising. To do this a company must have clear standards for performance and behaviour, which are communicated to all employees.
To ensure that disciplinary issues are dealt with fairly, consistently and within the law a company must have a written disciplinary statement / policy and procedure.
Acas have developed a template disciplinary procedure which is available within their
Acas also provide the following templates to support each stage of the process:
Employees can raise a grievance if they have a problem, complaint or concern. Examples of issues that can lead to grievances include:
Companies should have a grievance procedure in place.
Acas have developed a template grievance procedure which is available within their
The following templates can be used to support the grievance process: