You do not have to have a staff policy on every single aspect of your business. However, as an employer, you must legally set out details of your dismissal/disciplinary procedures in writing and, if you employ five or more people, you must have a written health and safety policy.
In instances where there may be no legal requirement, it is still good practice to set out formal written policies so that workers understand what is expected of them and what they can expect in return.
Other sample employer templates and documents
To help you develop up-to-date and compliant employer policies and procedures, you can download, customise and use our templates and sample documents:
- sample meeting action list (DOC, 13K)
- sample alcohol and drug policy (DOC, 17K)
- social media, internet and email policy and guidance checklist (DOC, 15K)
- sample social media, internet and email security policy guidelines (DOC, 24K)
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of possible employment policies.
You should also consider developing policies on issues such as working time and time off, equality and diversity, bullying and harassment, training and performance management, and others.
To find more information on other relevant policies, see set up employment policies for your business.
Structure your business
Name your business
Register your business
Choose your premises
- How to employ staff for the first time
- National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates
- Carry out pre-employment checks
- Ensure your workers are eligible to work in the UK
- Get employers' liability insurance
- Issue a written statement of employment
- Set up your payroll and register for PAYE with HMRC