Employment Solicitor Chris Dobbs outlines some key considerations for employers to try and limit the risk of hybrid working disputes and claims
At Frettens Solicitors, we endeavour to invest in our employees and offer a place to work which is supportive, fulfilling and enjoyable.
- The firm invests substantially in IT and offers systems and training which sets us apart from our competition
- All staff use the latest available versions of Microsoft Windows and Office
- All staff have the choice between two screen monitors or a wide screen monitor
- Phone headsets are available to those who prefer them
- The office has three kitchens where tea, coffee and squash are free and boiling water and chilled, filtered water is available on tap
- Fruit is freely available in each kitchen
- We have an interactive company intranet which all staff are encouraged to utilise.
- Private healthcare policy available to all staff
- Health cash plan available to all staff, enabling refunds on bills for optical, dental, chiropody, chiropractic, physio etc
- Life insurance for all staff paying out four times your annual salary
- Annual paid sick allowance.
Work life balance
Approximately 40% of our staff work non-standard hours – we understand that it is important for employees to have flexibility in their working hours and the ability to fit their work and personal lives together.
- Flexitime is available to the majority of staff from their very first day (exceptions are in areas like reception where alternative flexibility is available)
- Soft start time – start up to 15 minutes late and finish accordingly late on the same day – available any day and not pre-agreed (to account for traffic / delays etc)
- Starting annual leave of 20 days / 25 days / 30 days dependant on role
- Long service annual leave entitlement increases (after 5 years, an extra day per year, after 12 years an additional two days per year, additional bonus week holiday for working 10 years)
- Additional annual leave day for your birthday, when your birthday falls on a weekday.
Social and communication
- Monthly firmwide meeting to communicate news
- Monthly prizes for referrals to other teams
- Quarterly prizes for the most referrals
- Quarterly special recognition award and prize, nominated by colleagues
- Annual staff Christmas party, where meal and drinks are paid for by the firm
- Annual staff and family BBQ where food and drinks are paid for by the firm
- Annual independent anonymous staff survey, the results of which are shared with all staff
- Monthly drinks allowance for get together after work
- Ad hoc social events such as bowling, quizzes etc which are often subsidised by the firm.
- Free or subsidised parking available to all
- Enhanced maternity pay for qualifying staff
- Christmas bonus for support staff
- Performance related bonus for qualifying staff
- Recruitment incentive of £2,500 or £500
- Support for professional training – including some funding and time off for study where applicable
- Mobile phones for qualifying staff
- Discounted legal fees