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Employers (resources for)

Area Meetings are responsible for employing staff in local meetings. We all want to be good employers, but sometimes it is difficult to know where to start!

Quaker faith and practice 13.32 -13.38 sets out some principles about being a good employer as follows:

  • ‘Be quite clear about the terms of employment’
  • ‘There are laws detailing the formal rights of both employers and employees’
  • ‘There must be a clear job description which is reviewed regularly’
  • ‘Have written terms and conditions of employment linked with a suitable written agreement covering the accommodation provided’
  • ‘Time off and adequate holidays should be agreed and consideration given to pension needs’
  • ‘Care must be taken to respect the privacy of wardens during their leisure time and not to make unreasonable demands upon their services’
  • ‘Casually made appointments can lead to misunderstandings and unintended exploitation’

In addition, the law requires a number of things of employers.

This resource aims to give you essential information to be a good employer. It covers two areas:

In some cases, we have provided example documents. In others, we have referred you to relevant sources of information. You can directly access the updated example documents in Microsoft Word format. We also cover volunteers and self-employed individuals.

Please note that these resources are correct to the best of our knowledge as at April 2015. The resources give general guidance. Individual employment circumstances may vary.

Helpful employment advice

If you cannot find what you need in this resource please call Richard Summers, Quaker Life General Secretary, on 020 7663 1096.

Alternatively, or in addition, you could call the Acas free helpline on 0300 123 1100. If you still require further advice for any particularly complicated or contentious matter, you are advised to contact a human resources specialist or employment lawyer.

We welcome your feedback on the resource. Contact