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Employment Law

Staff Handbooks

A staff or company handbook is a document which sets out rules, policies and procedures which do not appear in the contract of employment.  The handbook is a useful reference tool for staff in order that they have a full understanding of the businesses expectations of them.

A staff handbook may include the following policies:

  • Health and Safety policy
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave policy
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Social media policy
  • Bullying and harassment policy

Not all policies will be necessary for all companies and the staff handbooks for many small businesses may include only a few policies at the start and then added to as the business and its staff develops.

The employment team at Mincoffs will work with you to review any staff policies and recommend any changes so you can be confident that you are up to date with changes in employment law.

The employment team also work closely with many businesses both regionally and nationally, to produce new staff handbooks that are up to date with current legislation.

If you would like expert advice about developing new or updating existing staff handbooks to ensure that you are complying with all relevant employment laws, call our employment team led by Nick Smith on 0191 281 6151 or email

For a responsive, commercially aware, friendly service contact:

Nick Smith

Partner, Head of Employment

T: 0191 212

Our main point of contact at Mincoffs is Nick Smith who is regarded as a friend to our group of companies. Nick is always available to talk to and is someone who we have complete confidence in due to the way in which he explains all situations so clearly and, as you would expect from a top solicitor in his field of employment law, gives excellent advice. We cannot speak highly enough of Nick.
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