One of the key duties of any employer is to protect the health and safety of anyone who works for them. This can range from ensuring that there aren't any hazards in an office which can cause injury, to providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for members of staff working with dangerous machinery in a factory setting. All businesses with five or more employees are legally required to have a written Health and safety policy outlining the responsibilities of managers and employees. Staff should be made aware of first-aid arrangements and an accident log should be kept, recording all major workplace injuries. Employers are also required to have employer's liability insurance in place. For more information, read Health and safety.
The fast-changing nature of employment law means that it's important to have a comprehensive set of up-to-date HR policies and procedures in place. These can help set out the rights and obligations of those responsible for administering HR and employees.
There are a wide variety of HR policies that can be adopted. A written Health and safety policy is compulsory if you have five or more employees. Other policies can help set out how employment matters such as discipline, employee grievances, parental leave, and issues such as discrimination and equal treatment are dealt with. Having these HR policies incorporated into your business will give your employees clarity and certainty. The prevalence of IT used by employees and the challenges which it brings, such as data protection and the popularity of flexible working, are addressed by other policies.