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Employee Handbook

Morning All

I am new to HR and just embarking on my HRM Level 5.  I work for an SME with big ideas, and the reason I am here is that we currently dont have an HR function, or any written policies and procedures supporting the business. 

My role in the business is to set up and embed an HR function from the ground up.  The idea being that as I study, my knowledge will enable me to grow the function organically. However, the lack of policies and procedures, and an Employee Handbook has become a lot more pressing as the business is in a period of significant growth.   This is to include a wide range of  policies, including for example, Health and Safety, Discipline and Grievance, Sickness and Absence, Maternity .... the list goes on. 

I wonder if anyone could guide me in the right direction - are there any recommended sources that I can use to get a template or anyone who would be able to volunteer any information to get me off to a good start.



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  • Hi Amanda,

    CIPD Inform have some great template policies including an employee handbook. ACAS is a pretty good source as well.

    If I can be of any help please feel free to contact me. I have been working in HR for a few years and have almost completed my level 7 cipd course.


  • Hi Amanda, 

    I am in a very similar boat so would love to also hear info in this area. Please share your findings! 



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