The law for employers
Employment law isn't only to ensure employees are protected. Employers need protection as well, especially as their business is responsible for other employees.
So, as an employer, what areas of the law do you need to know about? How can you ensure that your staff, and your business, are protected from damaging claims?
Areas of employer law
There are two main areas which you need to be clear on:
- Protection of employees
- Employment law protocol
So, for the first area, you need to ensure that you are treating each and every one of your staff fairly, and not discriminating by gender, age, race etc. You need to ensure equal opportunities. You need to pay people the minimum wage, and give them the right holidays, maternity/paternity leave, sick leave etc. And make sure you follow healthy and safety procedures.
For the second area, you need to make sure that if you have to make redundancies, you choose fairly and provide a consultation period. If you need to fire someone, follow the correct process, because if you don't it could cost you. Make sure your contracts with your employees are fair, accurate and foolproof.
On the right hand side of this page we link to multiple articles which will help ensure you run a steady ship. Don't get caught short on employment law, because it could really cost you.
You might find it interesting to take our small-business health check. It's a quick questionnaire which asks about your business and its employees, among other things, and gives you a conclusion at the end.
If you have any more questions, please give us a call on 0800 1777 162 or fill in a web-form. We will talk to you about your situation, and be able to advise on a plan of action. This might involve using a solicitor, and we will be able to find the best one for your needs.