Employees are a key resource, and the following are our top tips when considering employment of any staff in any business.
1. Make someone responsible for HR whether it is yourself or an expert manager, get them well trained and have available to them expert advice so they can take responsibility for staff and ensure there are clear lines of responsibility.
2. Contracts, handbooks and policies and procedures. Please make sure that these are well drafted by expert solicitors to set out clearly the areas of responsibilities, all duties, hours and restrictions that are necessary to protect the business.
3. Incentives. What are you doing to motivate staff through pay, bonuses, promotions, access to equipment or additional staffing? Be clear and be honest.
4. Investigations and disciplinary procedures. Getting this wrong can cost thousands of pounds. Please make sure there are properly drafted procedures for all investigations and disciplinary matters –
and follow them!
For many people, a law-firm is seen as a resource to use when something goes wrong, and while we are certainly there to help in times of crisis, it is more beneficial (and cost-effective) to try and prevent issues arising in the first place – we specialise in “Preventing Legal Problems”.
Business partners, customers, suppliers, staff; many aspects of a business have the potential to cause significant problems if mishandled.
Far too often, businesses operate without any clear terms in place, and it is not until something goes wrong that they realise how exposed they really are.
Business partnerships formed on a…
With the school year back up and running, there are many parents who are looking to return to the workplace on a flexible basis and to work around school hours.
Whilst many businesses may be unable to accommodate this type of working, more and more companies are seeing the benefit of providing flexible working arrangements to tap in to the pool of skilled and experienced parents looking to return to the workplace.
Existing staff can benefit too and whilst there is no mandatory requirement to grant flexible working, parents of children aged 16 and under (disabled children under 18) and carers…
In perhaps the most important judgment in employment law of the last fifty years, the government announced the abolition of employment tribunal fees after the Supreme Court ruled them unlawful.
The surprise ruling by seven justices overturned judgments by the High Court in 2013 and the Court of Appeal in 2015. Instead, the justices unanimously backed an appeal by trade union Unison which argued that the fees were introduced unlawfully.
The immediate consequence is that the Fees Order is quashed so that as of today fees cease to be payable for claims in the employment tribunal (ET) and appeals to the EAT, and…
Peter Lynn and Partners have delivered the first in a series of workshops for businesses in the local community by partnering Swansea BID for a HR & Employment Law talk.
The breakfast event took place in the Dragon hotel and focused on the common employment headaches faced by business people such as salaries, holiday pay, discrimination, employment contracts, plus many other “hot topics” regularly encountered by small to medium sized companies in the area.
Swansea BID Chief Executive, Russell Greenslade, said: “I am pleased to launch the Swansea BID Benefits Workshops. I hope they will give local businesses some invaluable guidance…
To meet the ever-changing needs of the marketplace we have designed a bespoke Human Resources support plan – The Guardian Scheme.
The scheme addresses both the legal and human resource requirements of your businesses as well as health and safety advice as an affordable optional extra.
By addressing both functions we can protect and support our clients while maximising the potential of their greatest asset – their people; and allowing them to concentrate on doing what they do best – running their business.
Guardian Scheme Benefits
- Comprehensive HR advice
- Monthly meetings either by telephone or face to face
- On-line telephone support on…
Whether you are a micro-SME employing less than five people or a well-established, multi-site organisation employing five hundred plus, HR matters can be an issue for many business and potentially very costly.
It is with this in mind that we pose the question “HR Consultant or Employment Lawyer?” as a recent case brought this question to the fore with a very clear answer.
Whilst we are unable to identify the company in question, we are able to outline some key aspects of the case, in particular, the client’s thoughts on this question.
The client, a charitable organisation, required our services to defend…