Good HR: be sure to reap the benefits

HR covers much, much more than recruiting and keeping staff. You may not think you need HR support, but think again. There are so many reasons to have your human resources fully sorted.

Keeping up with compliance

At AF we ensure we have the appropriate contractual documentation, policies and processes in place, in line with latest employment legislation and we ensure that our employees adhere to these.

Being compliant with best practice and employment law includes:

1. Conducting Right to Work checks
Did you know?
All employers have a legal responsibility to carry out a right to work check and to have taken a copy of the right to work documentation prior to day 1 of employment.

What happens if you don’t do this?
Employers who fail to carry out these checks and found to have employed illegal workers may face civil penalty of up to £20,000 per worker. Plus it’s a criminal offence to knowingly employ an illegal worker, which carries up to five years’ imprisonment and an unlimited fine.

2. Issuing contracts and contractual documentation
Did you know?
An employer has a legal obligation to provide written terms (a ‘statement of employment particulars’) explaining pay, working hours and other rights and responsibilities, to both employees and workers. These are required no matter how long the person’s employed for and must be shared on or before their first day of work.

What happens if you don’t do this?
You could be taken to an employment tribunal which can be costly.

3. Creating & maintaining relevant company policies & processes – ensuring we meet our legal obligations
Did you know?
HR policies outline the responsibilities of both the employer and the employee in the employment relationship, and how HR matters will be dealt with. Some policies are required by law.

What happens if you don’t have them?
Although only a few policies are required by law (for example a H&S Policy is required by any business with
5 or more employees), it is highly recommended to have HR policies so everyone knows where they stand on different HR issues that crop up. Failure to have required policies in place can be an expensive mistake.

How can our HR team help you?

With extensive HR knowledge and experience, and an understanding of latest employment legislation, our team can help with many of your staffing queries, such as:

  • Drafting and advising on contractual documents and terms
  • HR process reviews and audits
  • Policy writing
  • Being an external party in recruitment or grievance / disciplinary processes.

If you’re interested in finding out how we may be able to support you with HR services, email us at

Crissy Meades Chief People Officer