Are you up to date with the key rights of your employees and job applicants? Do you know your rights and key obligations as an employer? Are you confident that you are applying the law correctly and minimising any risk?
There is a very large body of legislation in the UK covering a wide variety of employment rights and situations, and it changes on a regular basis. For many small businesses to manage this properly they need access to professional advice and guidance because it is complex, but also because it is so time consuming. Legislation covers how you recruit and select people; how you employ and manage them; how you deal with problems and conflict; and how you part company with them. Getting it wrong can be very expensive; estimates of the average cost of an Employment Tribunal vary but most surveys suggest that to legally defend a one day Tribunal is in the region of £4000 + vat, plus any compensatory award, which for unfair dismissal is capped at just over £78300 (2015). However, awards for discrimination or whistleblowing cases can be significantly higher.
DO YOU HAVE THE TOOLS TO DO THE JOB?
- a framework of relevant contracts, policies, procedures and documents that provide a strong foundation to help you to make decisions fairly, consistently and within the law in a wide variety of employment situations, and
- access to professional advice, guidance and sometimes hands-on help to assist you to interpret, apply and implement them effectively depending on the situation at hand, and to know when specialist legal advice or representation is required.
These are the services we provide and our personal, bespoke approach with our clients is to help them to develop and use these management tools in a way that reflects the needs of the business and the management style.
We can offer a free HR Review to identify areas of potential risk and improvement, and what sort of ‘tools’ you might benefit from.
Typical areas of coverage by these tools include the following;
Health and Safety
Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE)