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Human Resources: The Importance Of Getting HR Right

Remember, it's a fundamental function ...



New clients, with a handful of employees, have admitted to not having employment contracts, job descriptions, staff handbooks and all the other Human Resources paperwork in place ...

Human Resources is an important function within any business!

Human Resources is an important function within any business!

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New business owners often get so over-enthused about driving their business forward that they forget to give the fundamentals the time they deserve. Ignoring Human Resources can easily lead to a grievance procedure, a visit to the employment tribunal and the risk of associated penalties.

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) states that:

"Most employees are legally entitled to at least a written statement containing the main terms and conditions of employment within two months of starting work.

This written statement becomes a legally binding agreement between the employer and the employee, which is formed when an employee agrees to work for an employer in return for payment.

Employers are legally required to put some of the main particulars of employment in writing. It is not itself a contract of employment but is evidence of the contract of employment."

ACAS go on to say that the following key information must be included in a single document which is known as the 'principal statement':

  • Name of employer and employee.

  • Date employment and continuous employment started.

  • Job location

  • Pay and whether it's weekly, monthly etc

  • Working hours

  • Holiday entitlement

  • Job description/job title

  • Details of any collective agreement that directly affect the employee's conditions of employment

Employers may provide other documents such as staff handbooks or staff intranet sites for:

  • sick leave and pay entitlement

  • pensions and pension schemes

  • disciplinary and grievance procedures

  • appeals procedure under the disciplinary and grievance procedures

At Essendon Accounts, we collaborate with Human Resources experts to ensure that our clients have access to the best HR consultants in the area to take this headache away. We can make the appropriate introductions for you, even if just for a review or get your contracts and handbooks updated.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you are in any doubt about the strength of your Human Resources function, then do give me a call on 01908 774320 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.

Until next time ...

Business Godparent

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More about Roger Eddowes ...

Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.

Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.