You want sensible, ‘plain English’ contracts and policies that do the job but don’t tie you in knots.
It’s important to get the balance right. You want your employment contracts, policies and procedures to be robust and comprehensive, protecting you in all the likely situations that could come up. But you also don’t want to get tied up in over-complex obligations and processes that prevent you from being agile when you need to be.
With us, you benefit from our decades of experience in dealing with every single aspect of contracts, policies and procedures. We have anecdotes about every single clause and rule, every twist and turn and how best to work them.
Both strength and flex
Whenever we review your existing staff documents or create new ones for you, our approach is twofold. We ensure you have in place robust, clear terms that mean your workforce can’t mess you about. Sometimes that’s giving more clarity to what needs to be contractual and what you could leave as discretionary. Other times, it’s ensuring your restrictive covenants are fit for purpose.
Yet at the same time we also ensure that you have the necessary built-in flexibility to adapt to changing situations – and the occasional highly unusual one. You don’t want to be unable to progress a redundancy or disciplinary where an employee has unconvincingly decided to go ‘off sick’. Nor do you want the burden, as we’ve occasionally come across, of staff having the right to be accompanied by a trade union rep at every single meeting with their line manager.
With us, you will always get sensible, practical approaches that are both reasonable to your staff and also allow you to manage them effectively.
Always fit for purpose
Our experience and expertise covers the whole range of employment contracts, from the most complex director’s service agreement to the simplest junior employee’s statement of terms & conditions. Our specialist employment lawyers can draw on their experience in City of London law firms of complex and sophisticated terms for your senior executives. When it comes to shop floor operatives’ terms and conditions in a factory, we draw on our team’s expertise in the manufacturing and engineering sector gained from specialist experience with the EEF. And if we’re dealing with lecturers’ contracts or an Absence Management policy in a college then our deep knowledge of the education sector will ensure that the document properly suits its purpose.
Our approach to how to word contracts, policies and procedures is to unashamedly use plain English throughout. We want people to understand them and the ways in which they apply to their working lives. We like relatively short, clear succinct wording that is fit for purpose and avoids arguments about what it means.
Covering every angle
As well as working on the areas you know you have concerns over, we’ll also take a step back. We are always ready to suggest any other terms or policies we think you’d benefit from. Offering suggestions for improvement and adaptation to your particular business is all part of the service.