Employment Support

A bank of resources on the website

The main hub of resources in this area can be found below, where we have a number of guides and template documents, including:

Terms of employment template
Employee Handbook template
Disciplinary guidance
Long term sickness guidance
Tribunal guidance
Appraisal guidance
Age Discrimination guidance

All our guidance and templates are created with the woodworking firm in mind, ensuring that we make it business-specific for your company.

If you are stuck with an employment problem or need just need a second opinion, then call the helpline and get expert advice from our in-house team, who also have access to a team of profesisonal lawyers for the more complex queries.

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Smoke Free Policy

NEW FOR APRIL 2017 – Since 2006 (Scotland) and 2007 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) smoking is not allowed in any enclosed workplace, public building or on public transport in the UK. Here you can find simple guidance in complying with the legislation that prohibits smoking in premises and vehicles.

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Age Discrimination Advice

NEW FOR APRIL 2017 – The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against workers, employees, job seekers and trainees because of their age. Here BWF provides the latest advice for employers.

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Drugs and Alcohol at Work Policy

NEW FOR APRIL 2017 – This model policy and guidance outlines a company’s positive approach to healthcare as well as assisting with disciplinary procedures.

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Pre-employment Medical Questionnaire – Guidance Notes

Guidance notes to assist in the completion of pre-employment medical questionnaires and why they can be useful.

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Pre-employment Medical Questionnaire – model

The purpose of such a questionnaire is to assess a new employees medical fitness for employment in order to protect their own and others health and safety.
Assessing a person’s ability to carry out the duties of a job can be an important selection tool.’

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Handling Employment Tribunal Claims

NEW FOR APRIL 2017 – This guide sets out how employment tribunal claims work. It also looks at alternative methods of resolving workplace disputes without the need for a tribunal hearing, in particular the ways ACAS can help.

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Mobile Phone Usage Policy

NEW FOR APRIL 2017 – Policy guidelines covering appropriate uses of personal and company mobile phones.

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Model Company Vehicle Policy

NEW FOR APRIL 2017 – Some members of staff may require a vehicle to fulfil their duties. Here is our template guidance on developing a company vehicle policy.

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BWF Guide to handling ill health & long term sickness

NEW FOR APRIL 2017 – Advice on handling workplace ill health including long term sickness and persistent short term absences.