Maintaining good practice can help your business avoid costly claims and increase employee well-being. This is particularly important when you consider that in
2014/15 £238,216 was awarded for an unfair dismissal claim and £557,039 awarded for a sex discrimination claim. 4
Some of the most common employment-related claims involve:
- Working time directives
- Unfair dismissal
- Discrimination – the denial of equal treatment of workers who are members of a protected class
- Unauthorised deductions
- Breach of contract
To protect both their employees and their company, managers need to stay up to date on the risks and issues inherent to the employer-employee relationship.
You may need to consider reviewing:
Who is responsible for HR in your business? Is this their sole responsibility or one of many?
What HR policies you have in place and how often are they revisited/updated?
Whether you have an Employee Handbook which outlines all policies and terms of employment in clear as well as concise language
What training your supervisors/managers could benefit from for instance interview skills, performance reviews, ‘zero tolerance’ policies etc
We can provide legal and commercially viable advice and guidance on any employee related situation (such as requests for flexible working or a grievance brought by a disgruntled member of staff), providing telephone, email and on-site assistance.
We will work with you:
- To assess each situation and guide you to a solution with minimal legal costs incurred
- By providing access to a library of template policies and letters or we can draft bespoke documents specifically for your company
- In assisting with formal investigations and attend any meetings you hold with your employees (i.e. redundancy consultation or disciplinary meetings), providing guidance and support at each stage
- By representing you at tribunal, and will liaise with ACAS, the tribunal and solicitors on your behalf
- By providing training programmes to support the roll out of new policies
- To grant access to Employment Practices Liability insurance which can provide cover for compensatory awards made to employees by an employment tribunal, as well as representation costs, subject to an excess of £2,500
- 4. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/459787/tribunals-and-gender-recognition-bulletin.pdf