Factsheet 5: Policies and procedures – Policies are statements of how your organisation intends to conduct itself and provide principles to help with decision making. Procedures describe how your policies will be put into practice. They will help you to comply with legislation, provide appropriate controls, provide evidence of accountability and help to manage risk.
Factsheet 22: Being a good employer – This factsheet looks at a range of issues from legal paperwork to effective supervision, to help you understand good practice in employment and balance this with the needs of the organisation
Factsheet 23: Contracts of employment – A contract of employment is a legally binding agreement between an employer and employee formed when an individual agrees to work for an employer in return for consideration (pay or something else of value). This factsheet explains more about contracts of employment
Factsheet 24: Frequently asked questions about fixed-term contracts – This factsheet aims to clear up the confusion surrounding fixed-term contracts by answering some of the most frequently asked questions about this subject.
Factsheet 28: Accessibility – Accessibility is everyone’s concern. It is organisational and environmental structures that most restrict an individual’s participation in mainstream activities. Our approach to design should be an inclusive one; designing for the widest range of people is of benefit to everyone. This factsheet explains how to ensure that you ensure you’re accessible in your organisation
Employment Status factsheet – This factsheet will discuss the various types of employment status and the key factors that must be considered by employers when determining employment status.
Equality Act 2010 factsheet – The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. The purpose of the Act is to ensure that everyone is treated fairly, and with dignity and respect.
Job design factsheet – The practice of job design planning requires a careful balance between the operational requirements and flexibility of the organisation and, at the same time, consideration of the needs of the employee whilst ensuring that sustainable delivery of the desired organisational outcomes can be achieved.
Line management factsheet– Line managers are known by a number of different names: manager, supervisor, team leader, project leader. Line managers have responsibility for managing individual employees or teams.
Recruitment and Selection factsheet – Recruitment is the process of attracting suitable candidates to apply for a vacancy within the organisation, and then selecting from within that pool of applicants to appoint the person who has the best skills, ability, experience and qualifications to carry out the role. It is about finding the right person for the job.
Redundancy factsheet – The information contained within this factsheet will help employers to follow a fair procedure and ensure that they consult with employees appropriately.
Supervision and Feedback factsheet – This factsheet will examine the purpose and benefits of supervision, and will discuss how to plan and conduct a supervision meeting.
Free ACAS tools and resources to download and use
The free tools and resources section of their website includes HR and management forms, letters and templates which many employers have found helpful.
Equality Act 2010 guidance for employers – What Equality Law means for you as an employer: when you recruit someone to work for you - This guidance has been produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to explain what you must do to meet the requirements of equality law
Chartered Institute of Personnel Development factsheets – Their factsheets provide introductory guidance on a range of HR, training and development and employment law issues
Free online advice and information on Human Resources – HRNet is a free scheme offering a unique online resource. Registered charities can obtain answers to Human Resources questions from HR professionals in the commercial sector. Questions are answered by members of the volunteer panel who are qualified HR practitioners in the commercial and voluntary sectors. Other charities are also able to offer the benefit of their experience
Free legal support for community groups
LawWorks for Community Groups offers three ways to provide free legal advice and guidance to small charities, not-for-profit, voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises in England and Wales:
• Free Legal Assistance – They can try to broker help for a wide range of legal work including company law, employment law, intellectual property law, charity law, tax VAT law, insolvency and help in drafting contingency plans, insurance law, health and saftey law, general contractual / commercial matters etc
• Initial Electronic Advice (IEA) – IEA is an online system which provides answers from qualified solicitors to brief legal questions
• Legal Fact-Sheets – LawWorks fact-sheets give general information to groups on specific areas of law, to enable them to spot and avoid potential legal problems
Free Mediation services to charities, public bodies and deserving causes – The Association of Northern Mediators (ANM) is offering free mediation to charities, public bodies and deserving causes. Their mediators include solicitors, accountants, quantity surveyors and other professionals who have a wide experience of dealing with disputes arising out of a variety of legal, workplace and community disputes. Click here to read ANM's Pro Bono Scheme Leaflet