As well as the responsibilities business owners have to partners and clients, this also extends to their employees. Along with conflict within your team, failing to adhere to your responsibilities to your employees can lead to loss of staff and even employment tribunals.
Below we have included three ways in which LawBid can assist with Employment Law for Businesses:
Depending on your own experiences, the recruitment process can be exciting. Scoping out new talent can give your business a vital boost, alter the dynamic of the workplace and bring in new ideas. However, with complex legislation, time scales and added responsibilities to consider, the process of recruiting new employees can also seem daunting.
A solicitor who specialises in employment law for businesses will be able to advise you about the latest and most relevant legislation surrounding recruitment. As we learnt in March of this year with the introduction of mandatory reporting on gender pay, employment law for businesses is often changeable.
As well as ensuring compliance with current legislation and best practices during the recruitment process, an employment solicitor can assist you with the drafting of Employment Contracts.
An employment contract is the written agreement between an employer and an employee. A properly drafted employment contract is the best way to avoid any misunderstandings further down the line. Ensuring that the contract lays out important information such as pay and holidays is a great way to reduce the risk of Employment Tribunals caused by miscommunication.
To find out more about the different HR services our specialist Employment Solicitors can provide, head to our Recruitment page today.
2. Employment Tribunals
Employment tribunals are a method of reaching a resolution about employment matters. In 2015/16 the total number of claims brought to Employment Tribunals was 83,031. With the amount awarded reaching as high as £470,865, knowing how to avoid them, and ensuring that you have the correct representation in a tribunal, is essential.
There are several reasons why an employee could bring a claim to an Employment Tribunal. Claims regarding breach of contract, redundancy pay and discrimination are made in their thousands each year. A solicitor who specialises in employment law for businesses will work with you to ensure that there are measures in place to reduce the risk of facing Employment Tribunals. As well as ensuring you comply with the latest legislation on discrimination, health and safety and discipline, an Employment Solicitor will be there to assist in the event that a claim is brought against your business. Through negotiation and representation on your behalf, an Employment Solicitor can help to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome for your business.
Head to our Employment Tribunals page to see how a solicitor who specialises in employment law for businesses can assist your organisation.
3. Maternity Entitlement
By law, pregnant employees are entitled to 52 weeks of statutory maternity leave. Whilst on maternity leave, pregnant employees are entitled to certain things that employers need to be aware of, including:
- Protection against discrimination and unfair treatment
- Up to 39 weeks of maternity pay
- The right to return to the original job following maternity leave or a suitable alternative
For both the employer and the employee, there are a great many factors to take into consideration regarding maternity leave and pay. Treating an employee who is on, or wishes to go on, maternity leave unfairly could lead to employment tribunals.
Whether you would like to find out about your responsibilities, about maternity pay or even about fairly dismissing an employee who is on maternity leave, an expert in employment law for businesses can help.