Free Resources

To support your business we've created a range of free downloadable documents. From Health & Safety resources to HR & Employment Law documents, they're the perfect starting point to meeting your legal obligations as a business owner.

Travel and Quarantine (June 2021 update)

Following the suspension of all travel corridors with the UK back in January this year, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps addressed...

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The Kickstart Scheme – everything you need to know

The government’s £2 billion Kickstart Scheme has been in place since September 2020. The government’s aim is for the scheme...

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Returning to work challenges

Employees who can’t (or won’t) return to work: a troubleshooting guide: The COVID-19 pandemic has meant drastic changes for the...

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HR & Employment Law basics

Struggling to get your head around HR & Employment Law and how it relates to your business and your employees?...

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Ventilation in the workplace

As the UK follows the government’s roadmap and emerges from lockdown, many businesses have started to reopen and bring their...

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COVID-19: Face coverings in indoor settings

It became mandatory to wear facemasks in a variety of settings – including shops, supermarkets and public transport – across...

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COVID-19 testing: Key HR considerations for employers

One of the most important facts about coronavirus that has emerged is that about one-third of infections are asymptomatic –...

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Travel and Quarantine Update

Travel-related quarantine periods and their implications for employers. Following the suspension of all travel corridors with the UK back in...

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Flexible working guide

During the pandemic, one of the biggest adjustments businesses have had to make is the move to more flexible working patterns in...

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Workplace social distancing guide

With the UK slowly moving out of lockdown, businesses are looking forward to moving back to some type of normality....

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A guide to COSHH in cleaning

Cleaning is an essential aspect of controlling the spread of infections around all workplaces. Infection prevention aims at keeping your...

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Reopening Your Hospitality Business – 5 Point Action Plan

Businesses across the country have been eagerly awaiting the chance to reopen their doors as part of the government’s four-part...

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Managing employees with COVID symptoms

As your people start to return to work, making sure you know exactly what to do if an employee presents...

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Managing sickness and absence in the workplace

With COVID-19 infection rates still high, it’s no surprise that you may have already come across a rise in sickness...

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Hospitality sector: Managing the long-term key HR and Health & Safety effects of COVID-19

In February’s announcement, the Prime Minister unveiled his plans to ease out of lockdown through a four-step roadmap with pubs,...

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Construction Health & Safety checklist

Here at HS Direct, we get that running a business while simultaneously keeping on top of your Health & Safety...

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COVID-19 and pregnant employees: a Health & Safety guide for employers

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, a key challenge for employers has been managing the risks of COVID-19 in...

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COVID-19 Workplace Testing Policy

The government has expanded the provision of free workplace testing to businesses of any size. This will help to identify...

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The Good Work Plan: employment rights at-a-glance

Understanding how to make the distinction between employee, worker, and the self-employed is essential for business owners. The changes that...

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An introduction to Risk Assessments

Are you aware of all the hazards in your work environment? Are you good at spotting the risks and putting proper control measures in place to...

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How to prepare for COVID-secure inspections

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Local Authorities across the country are continuing their inspections and random spot-checks on...

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How to hold a disciplinary

COVID-19 has brought a range of HR challenges for business owners. From changing government guidance, three national lockdowns and adapting...

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COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Guide

An employer's guide to COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination.

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Free Covid 19 Essential HR and Health & Safety Checklist

Example Covid-19 Risk Assessment written by qualified professionals to help support your business.

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Free Covid 19 Secure Workplace Risk Assessment

Example Covid-19 Risk Assessment written by qualified professionals to help support your business.

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Employment Contracts

The aim of this guide is to explain what the legal requirements are for employment contracts. Free advice is available

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Termination of Employment – Short Service

Learn everything your need to know about the legality of short term dismissal. Free info and advice is available.

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Water Industry Regulation Scheme – WIRS

Learn everything your need to know about the Water Industry Registration Scheme accreditation. Free info and advice is available. WIRS

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What is a Zero Hours Contract?

Download a Zero-hour employment contract example from EL Direct. Free information and advice is available

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Job Support Scheme Agreement Template

Download Your Free Job Support Scheme Agreement Template What is the Job Support Scheme? The new Coronavirus Job Support Scheme...

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Guide to Disciplinary Procedures

A guide to disciplinary procedures against an employee in the workplace.

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National Minimum Wage

See what the common pitfalls are regarding National Minimum Wage so you can avoid them.

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Covid-19 Redundancy Starter Checklist for Employers

Your Free Covid-19 Redundancy Guide by EL Direct The COVID-19 crisis has left many UK employers forced to consider making...

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Flexible Furlough Agreement Template

Download Your Free Flexible Furlough Agreement Template to start, change or end an agreement with an employee to stop work...

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Subcontractors

Learn everything your need to know about subcontractors before your take them on. Free info and advice is available

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The Extended Furlough Scheme At-a-glance

EL Direct employment law experts have created an at-a-glance overview of what we know, so far. Download your guide for...

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What is the National Living Wage

Find out everything your need to know about the National Living Wage. Free help and advice is available

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My employee refuses to work their notice period

Employees often refuse to work their full notice period. We explain what to do to avoid this and provide example...

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Managing a TUPE transfer

Learn how to manage TUPE transfers and ensure compliance. Free info and advice is available

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Employment Contracts Review and Drafting Service

First for Employment is a unique online system to managing your employees.

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Gas Industry Registration Scheme – GIRS

Learn everything your need to know about the Gas Industry Registration Scheme accreditation. Free info and advice is available. GIRS

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HR Health Check Questionnaire

Free HR Health Check Download from EL Direct Ltd

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Modern-slavery-act

Learn about how the Modern Slavery Act can affect your business

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National Electricity Registration Scheme – NERS

Learn everything your need to know about the National Electricity Registration Scheme. Free info and advice is available

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Your Free Staff Holiday Calculator from EL Direct Ltd

Download your free Staff Holiday Calculator from EL Direct Ltd. A Sheffield based Employment Law & HR company.

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IR35 is coming

IR35 is coming

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Young People at Work

Pros and Cons of employing young workers.

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Apprentices

Apprentices

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Working in Cold Conditions

Keep everyone on your premises safe, whatever the weather.

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What is SafeContractor Accreditation

Find out the importance of a SafeContractor accreditation and h how it can benefit your business.

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Electrical Safety in the Workplace

Find out major electrical hazards, who considered a competent person, and how to manage the risks.

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Noise Risk Assessment

Free advice on the risks of noise in your setting.

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Respiratory Protective Equipment

Check you’ve got everything in place to properly manage RPE in your workplace.

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Working at Height Risk Assessment

Make sure you’ve got the proper measures in place to keep your people safe.

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Free Method Statement Template

A free guide to writing your own Method Statements.

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Working in the Sun

Are you aware of the hazards and risks that come with working in the sun?

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Asbestos Awareness Training

Join our training sessions at a location near you.

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ISO Certification

Find out the benefits of becoming ISO certified and what it means for your business.

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Vet Surgery

From Veterinary specific risk assessments to employee training management, our system has you covered.

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Farming & Agriculture

Free online demonstration of our Safety First Pack for farming.

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Free Risk Assessment Template

Download our free guide to writing your Risk Assessment.

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Free COSHH Assessment Template

Free COSHH Assessment advice from HS Direct, learn how to write your own COSHH Assessments.

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Health & Safety Policy

Free Health & Safety Policy information plus a guide to writing your own Health & Safety Policy.

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Construction Phase Plan

Download your free Construction Phase Plan template now.

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Employment Contract

Get a free employment contract template to tailor to your business.

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Toolbox Talk

Find your free Toolbox Talks downloads and resources.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Find out everything you need to know about PPE.

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HACCP

Find out what HACCP is, the risk factors, control methods and your legal duties

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Asbestos Risk Assessment

Check your legal obligations as an employer for preventing the risk of asbestos.

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Carcinogens Risk Assessment

Carcinogens Risk Assessment. Check what your responsibilities are when it comes to preventing this harmful substance.

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Confined Space Regulations

Do you work in confined spaces? If so, make sure you know how to keep everyone safe whilst doing so.

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Driving at Work Policy

Do you use your car for business purposes? Check out our free recommendations for managing company vehicles.

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Fire Safety in the Workplace Policy

Make sure that you know the control methods that you should have in place for fire safety at work.

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Legionella Risk Assessment

Find out the dangers of Legionella and how to prevent it.

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Lone Working Risk Assessment

Do you need a Lone Working Risk Assessment? Check out our free resources.

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Employing Migrant Workers

Make sure you’re aware of your responsibilities when it comes to employing workers from overseas.

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Health and Safety in the Office

Do you need to carry out an office safety Risk Assessment? We can help.

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Producer Responsibility

Check out your obligations, key legislation, and penalties for getting it wrong.

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Shift Working Guidelines for Employers

Do you employ shift workers? If so, read about how to properly manage it.

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PUWER Regulations for Employers

Everything you need to know about PUWER guidelines.

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Bonfire & Firework Safety Advice

Keep safe this bonfire night.

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