BWF launches employment guidance so joinery firms can focus on the task in hand

5 April 2017

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has launched a portfolio of employment guides and draft policies to support joinery businesses to employ, manage and appraise staff.

The documents are intended to provide clear guidance on “often-tricky” employment matters and leave BWF member joinery businesses with more time to do what they do best – manufacture and sell high-class joinery products.

“The BWF’s business support has been an invaluable resource for us over the years and this is especially true of the employment advice they give to members,” said Jim Horsman, joint managing director of Icklesham Joinery. “They offer a fantastic spread of documents providing easy to follow guidance which helps staff and business alike. As joinery manufacturers and installers, we have plenty to deal with in terms of regulatory changes and anything that allows us to focus further on the needs of our customers is a huge benefit.”

The guidance features a new employee handbook that BWF members can adapt and use, plus further information on appraisal techniques and an example contract for prospective employees. This is in addition to template policies covering areas such as social media use, company vehicles, data protection and maternity/paternity leave.

Even the trickiest aspects of employment are covered, the BWF says, with easily downloadable information addressing the procedures for managing ill-health absence, how to set out a clear disciplinary and redundancy process and the right way to handle employment tribunal claims.

As well as aiding the management of staff, the new resources can help attract new employees, assist with Pre-qualification Questionnaires and support compliance with the BWF Code of Conduct which sets out the principles of good practice for a woodworking or joinery business.