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Running a social enterprise

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    Social media policy

    For organisations wanting a short-form policy setting out appropriate use of social media by employees.

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    Volunteer agreement

    For organisations wanting a simple volunteer agreement. This document sets out the hopes and expectations of the individual and the organisation, without placing contractual obligations on either party. You should refer to our articles on employee, worker, self-employment and volunteer status for a brief overview.

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    Agreement to opt out of maximum weekly working time

    For organisations wanting an agreement, in the form of a letter, for an employee to opt out of the average 48 hour week, in accordance with regulations 4 and 5 of the Working Time Regulations 1998.

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    Capability procedure

    For organisations wanting a simple capability policy confirming how unsatisfactory performance will be dealt with. This policy is not intended to be used to manage employees’ acts of misconduct. You can purchase our Disciplinary Policy for this purpose.

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    Charity Volunteers explained

    Q&A about volunteers - essential reading for all charities that work with volunteers.

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    Conflicts of interest policy

    For charities wanting a simple conflicts of interest policy. This will not be suitable document for non-charities or a charity that is likely to have substantial complex conflicts of interest, such as a corporate foundation.

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    Disciplinary policy

    For organisations wanting a simple disciplinary policy confirming how acts of misconduct will be dealt with. This policy is not intended to be used to manage employees’ poor performance.

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    Equal opportunities policy

    For organisations wanting a simple equal policy confirming your commitment to promoting equal opportunities in employment. This policy is not intended to be used to manage employees’ acts of discrimination and harassment. You can purchase our disciplinary policy for this purpose. You may also want to purchase our grievance policy and our anti-harassment and bullying policy.

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    Expenses policy

    For organisations wanting an expenses policy with a section which applies to trustees and volunteers and a separate section which applies to employees. This policy is intended to follow HMRC’s guidelines relating to reimbursement of expenses for employees and volunteers. However, you should keep up to date with any changes to HMRC’s mileage limits or other aspects of their guidance which may be made from time to time.

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    Flexible working policy

    For organisations wanting a simple flexible working policy which explains employee’s rights to request changes to their working arrangements, incorporating both the statutory scheme and an optional procedure.

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    Grievance policy

    For organisations wanting a simple grievance policy confirming how complaints or concerns raised by employees will be dealt with. This policy is not intended to be used to deal with whistle blowing. 

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    Guide to English employment law

    An overview of employment law in England and Wales.

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    Health and safety policy

    For organisations wanting a simple health and safety policy which sets out arrangements for ensuring health and safety obligations to staff, anyone visiting the organisation's premises or affected by its work are met. 

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    Letter of secondment

    For organisations wanting a simple letter of secondment to issue to an employee being seconded within your organisation’s group of companies or to an external organisation on a temporary basis. This document is not intended to be used for permanent arrangements

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    Letter to amend an employment contract

    Letter confirming a change to an employee’s contract of employment. For organisations needing to document a change to an employee’s contract of employment which has been agreed with them.

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    Offer letter

    Letter confirming an offer of employment. For organisations wanting a letter offering employment following an interview, including appropriate conditions relating to references, right to work in the UK, medical fitness and qualifications.

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    Secondment agreement

    For organisations wanting a secondment agreement to record agreed terms with an organisation which will be hosting an employee during a secondment on a temporary basis. This document is not intended to be used for permanent arrangements.

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    Staff Handbook of Policies

    A collection of standard staff policies, delivered in PDF. It includes a flexible working policy, a whistleblowing policy, a grievance policy, a home working policy, an equal oppotunities policy, a health and safety policy, a disciplinary policy, an expenses policy a capability procedure and a social media policy, which together will comprise a basic staff handbook for the organisation.