Looking for HR advice you can trust? You’re in the right place

Running your own team is rewarding, but we know you'd rather be getting on with business than be buried in paperwork.  Whether it’s a quick chat about an employee return to work form, or long-term support with an employment tribunal representation, we’re here for you, so you can spend more time doing what you do best

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We’re here 24/7

Don't lose sleep. Access unlimited, round-the-clock advice from our HR advice line, staffed by employment solicitors in the UK.** From contracts to policies, we’re by your side to answer your questions, so you can get back to business.

**Legal advice lines are open 24/7. Legal claims available between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.

We speak your language

No legal jargon, just the facts. Compliance is confusing enough, which is why if you’ve got a question, our experienced employment solicitors are only a phone call away.

Paperwork made easy

Our experts have done all the hard work for you. All you need to do is search our online Legal Hub, download the fully-compliant template and customise it. It’s as easy as that!

Save thousands in employment tribunal cover

Our specialist and experienced employment solicitors and barristers are ready to represent you if you're facing an employment tribunal, with cover of up to £100,000 per claim.* We’re behind you every step of the way.

* Subject to policy terms and conditions being satisfied. Exclusions apply.

Get it right the first time

Hiring your first employee? Don’t want to spend hours searching for the right employment documents? We've made it simple to manage and grow your team, whether you have one employee or 100.

Dreading difficult conversations?

We know your small business is a close-knit team, so challenging situations like performance reviews, grievances or disciplinaries can be tough. Don’t worry - we'll help you through it with expert advice.

Tailored to your team

No two small businesses are the same. If you're managing lone workers, remote employees, temporary staff or pregnant workers, access advice you can trust on a range of employment scenarios.

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FSB Employment Protection terms and conditions

* Subject to policy terms and conditions being satisfied. Exclusions apply. 

**Legal advice lines are open 24/7. Legal claims available between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays. 

Pursuit of an action is not covered. 

For memberships that start after 1 November 2020, there is no cover for claims where redundancy, alleged redundancy or unfair selection for redundancy occurs within 180 days of the start of membership. 

Employment disputes

To maximise your chances of having reasonable prospects of success in employment disputes, we strongly recommend that you call the legal advice line number shown in your policy schedule at the following times and follow their advice:

  • Before disciplining, suspending, dismissing, starting a retirement or redundancy process or making or proposing to make unfavourable changes to the terms of an employee’s contract of employment
  • When notified of a grievance, a complaint of discrimination (such as sex, race, religion etc) or an appeal from an employee against action you have taken against them
  • When an employee resigns or walks out after expressing verbal or written dissatisfaction

Or at the very least comply with the ACAS code of conduct which the legal advice line can also advise you on.

What can you help me with?

Our on-demand employment documents cover a range of topics, all written by employment experts and updated regularly. We can advise on: 

✔️ Employee contracts and policies 
✔️ Performance and disciplinary matters 
✔️ Ex-employees and tribunal actions 
✔️ Firing and dismissal 
✔️ Managing employers 
✔️ Recruitment 
✔️ Redundancy, lay-offs and transfers of workers  
✔️ Resignation and retirement  
✔️ Transfer of employees/business 

Why are employment contracts so important?

✔️ Legal requirement to provide a written contract (known as a statement of particulars of employment). 
✔️ Setting expectations about the relationship between you and your employee, like shift patterns, holiday entitlements and other policies. 
✔️  Evidence of employee’s terms and conditions, reducing the risk of disputes and employment tribunals. 

That’s why we offer our members easy to use templates for contracts, policies, letters and more to download - all at no extra cost

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With FSB membership, you'll have all the support and protection you need to run and grow your business. From help with funding applications to legal advice and local networking, discover how FSB membership can help your business thrive. 

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Latest resources from FSB Employment Protection

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Whether you're hiring your first employee or expanding your team, find out what you should include in a successful staff induction.

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Article Wed, 03 November 2021

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