As an employer, it is hard to keep up with the constantly changing raft of employment law coming from the European Commission. Other factors such as pension legislation and health and safety also play a role in determining employment rights and responsibilities in the UK today, and all the while the law continues to evolve on a piecemeal basis as a result of employment tribunals and test cases.
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If you fail to comply with the legislation, then your business faces the threat of having to pay out a substantial sum in compensation to any employee who can prove that you acted unfairly or did not follow statutory procedure. Could you afford a major claim at an employment tribunal?
Even large organisations with dedicated human resource or personnel departments can struggle to meet this challenge, whilst the smaller organisation often does not have the resource to respond correctly.
The very nature of employment problems means that you may be required to act quickly. The Elliot Mather employment team is available to provide access to legal advice and assistance at very short notice.
Of course, requesting our guidance as a precaution is advisable – it will help you to avoid learning about the changing laws the difficult way! However, if you suspect that you have a problem regarding personnel, you should seek our help at the earliest opportunity. We will help you through the maze of legislation and will represent, protect and defend your best interests.
We offer expert specialist advice and guidance in:
- drafting contracts of employment;
- drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants when an employee leaves;
- implementation of changes in a contract of employment;
- drafting of employee benefit packages, including bonus schemes;
- creation of selection and recruitment procedures, including interviewing issues;
- drafting of disciplinary and grievance procedures that meet the new regulatory requirements;
- implementation and monitoring of equal opportunities, diversity and anti- discrimination policies;
- drafting specialist policies and procedures eg for internet use;
- assistance and advice regarding legal requirements when making redundancies, including guidance in preparation of a suitable redundancy selection criteria and policy, and implementation of a redundancy decision;
- Defending any employment tribunal claim made by an employee;
- drafting compromise agreements;
- advising on TUPE obligations in the event of a sale of the company.