Employment law issues have been hitting the headlines recently. On 24 October, the Supreme Court ruled that 174 former Birmingham City Council workers can go ahead with compensation claims over missed bonuses.
The decision gives the workers, mostly women, six years to pursue claims in the civil courts, rather than within six months of leaving their jobs and through an employment tribunal. Experts say the ruling is a significant one for the UK’s equal pay laws, leaving employers open to claims for years after an employee has moved on.
October also saw new national minimum wage rates take effect and the start of pensions auto-enrolment, under which all employers must eventually automatically enrol eligible employees into a qualifying workplace pension scheme.
Issues like these illustrate that challenges that business owners and managers face in complying with a complex regime of employment law and legal responsibilities when they employ staff, whether it is one person or hundreds or thousands.
At Haslers, our specialist HR Consultancy team provides a commercial, practical, “can-do” approach to support employers in managing staff and helping them stay up-to-date with new legislation and best practice.
Christine Inch, HR Manager at Haslers, said: “We can provide HR support over the phone or face-to-face and our services are available on a “pay as you go”, retainer or project basis.
“As well as giving employers flexible access to HR advice, as and when they need it, our support provides offers a cost-effective alternative to employing an in-house HR professional and provides valuable peace of mind that when employment law queries or issues arise, expert help is at hand,”
Haslers HR Consultancy can assist with issues including:
- contracts of employment
- staff handbooks
- induction policies and procedures
- employment policies and procedures
- redundancy and redundancy consultation
- redundancy counselling and assistance, including CV preparation and job search
- handling disciplinary and grievance investigations
- absence management
- maternity and paternity leave
- flexible working requests
- designing appraisal schemes
- advice on recruitment and selection
- managing payroll.
For more information on Haslers HR Consultancy, please contact us.