The chances are if you asked HR to compile a list of least loved tasks in the workplace, updating policies, procedures and contracts would feature somewhere near the top. If the thought of burying your head in documentation fills you with trepidation or you’re fearful of opening up a Pandora’s box of re-writes and updates, here’s three compelling reasons why you should look to review your policies sooner rather later.
1. Data protection avalanche: New European and national data protection rules under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK’s Data Protection Bill represent a significant compliance overhaul for employers. With GDPR coming into force on 25 May 2018 it’s time to re-work your data protection policy and any other policies that might be affected such as email, internet and monitoring policies.
2. Spotlight on gender pay and diversity: The publication deadline for Gender Pay Gap Reports is 4 April 20178. If you haven’t completed your report now is the time to crunch the numbers and work on the narrative. At the same time, it’s important to check over your pay policies and diversity procedures as once the Gender Pay Report is published, pay and bonus awards are likely to come under scrutiny from current and former employees as well as your industry sector, news and media.
3. Fewer obstacles to tribunal claims: The Supreme Court recently held that the current rules on tribunal fees were unlawful. As tribunal claims become more accessible without the fee obstacle it’s sensible to ensure that all procedures (particularly those which focus on conflict such as disciplinary and grievance procedures) are as watertight as possible.
Effective policies and procedure can go a long way toward preventing HR headaches and reducing employer liabilities. Find out what else you could be overlooking by speaking to our HR team. We'll future proof your employment polices to take into account the latest developments in employment law and support you in the event of an employment tribunal - freeing up your time, to concentrate on the day job.
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