In recent years there has been a huge amount of new legislation introduced in the UK relating to employment law. Most of these new rules and regulations are a result of European directives and include the following areas to name a few:
- Flexible time regulations
- Paternity rights
- Working time regulations
- Maternity rights
Keeping up to date with this new legislation can be daunting and is time-consuming and confusing in some cases. Employers need to ensure that this legislation is followed and applied in the workplace and that staff contracts and handbooks are updated regularly whenever new legislation is introduced. There may be instances where you need the assistance of employment law solicitors. For example, when you need to write new contracts or need legal advice in a staff matter a team of solicitors can give you professional advice that will ensure you follow the right procedures and comply with relevant legislation.
Employment solicitors can assist organisations with all aspects of employment law and employment legislation. If you need assistance with preparing for an employment tribunal or other hearing, employment solicitors are on hand to take you through the process advising you every step of the way so that you can give informed answers and present your company in a professional manner.
There are other factors that may require you to seek advice from employment solicitors. For example, workplace stress is a common problem in many companies. Whilst it is best to pre-empt any workplace stress before it becomes a larger problem, this can be difficult. Staff need to be trained to understand the relevant policies and procedures so that they know what to do if they are feeling harassed or bullied or are suffering from ill-health as a result of their job. Employment solicitors can help you to map out these procedures so that you protect yourself from grievances and ensure your staff are informed before stress causes them significant problems.
As an employer you have a duty of care to your staff. You also need to protect your company and its reputation from litigation cases such as fines and tribunals for non-compliance of employment law legislation. Employment law solicitors cover many areas including employment legislation and health and safety in the workplace. They will ensure you have the correct policies and procedures in place to avoid costly tribunals and that your employees receive the support and advice they need when they need guidance about their employment or any aspect affecting it.
Prevention is better than cure and a good team of employment law solicitors will see that your policies, contracts, procedures and handbooks are kept up to date with relevant and important information affecting the employment relationship between employer and employee.