Good employee relations and a professional working environment start with up to date contracts of employment and staff handbooks. It is a statutory requirement that each employee has a statement of terms of employment. If you expect certain standards of behaviour you should, as far as possible, make those clear in your contracts and policies. If you want the right to monitor employees’ computer use then you need to make it a term of their contract of employment. You can have a policy for various kinds of absence from work or for social media use.
It is important that employers think about and write down their policies. Helix law offers an online drafting tool that allows clients to use an expert system and draft their own documents. We then check and customise them. Clients who sign up to the HR retainer get contracts of employment and a staff handbook as part of the service.