Employment law update – June 2019
employment | 28.06.2019
It is often said that employees are a company’s greatest asset. But not all employees are the same, not all will share your ambitions and not all will always cooperate.
When you have an issue or if your business evolves, having knowledgeable, up to date legal advice is essential as employment law changes fast. Failing to comply with the latest legislation can be costly, both in terms of penalties and harming your reputation. That is why the support of specialist employment solicitors is invaluable.
All businesses sometimes need to change contracts of employment, and the reasons can be many and varied, from the need for new working patterns or to change the compensation or benefits policies. However, you cannot change employees’ contracts unilaterally and you will need to follow a proper process or else you could be in breach of contract. We can guide you through that process.
Whether the purpose is to reduce costs, seek out better business opportunities, find better premises or merge with another business, there are a variety of reasons why you may need to change location. Managing your employee relations will be dictated by many things, including how far the move is, and includes practical issues such as the availability of transport for employees. If it involves a merger there may be duplication of resources. You may want to retain certain staff for a set period even if they do not want to move permanently. We can guide you through all the issues, from practical issues through to contract law and staff incentives and relocation.
Addressing disciplinary and grievance issues is inevitably time consuming and often a significant drain on resources. Ensuring that you have the right procedures in place is essential. There are strict guidelines that you must follow including: establishing the principles, setting the rules, handling disciplinary issues, the ACAS Code of Practice and managing the disciplinary hearing. Our support will minimise the resources that you need to divert and help you achieve an optimum outcome.
Poor performance in individuals or groups of employees can have a significant impact on your business, both in its ability to deliver and often its impact on other members of staff. It can range from under performance to misconduct and even gross misconduct. And often the way in which you handle it can be essential should it reach an employment tribunal. Our expertise can help identify the root cause and find a solution before it becomes a problem or help address an existing issue that persists.
Your ability to manage sickness absence is underpinned by practical steps, including having policies and procedures and correct recording of absence. By its very nature sickness absence needs careful handling as while it can be just an excuse for days off, it could equally be indicative of a more serious underlying and undisclosed mental health or medical condition. Whatever the reason, you need to handle sickness absence in a structured manner with employee consent.
Collective disputes, industrial action and dealing with trade unions is an area which often causes employers a great deal of stress. They can be stressful for you and your colleagues at all levels and also severely impact on the ability of a business to deliver its service. We can assist you by providing practical and logical advice to help resolve the issues and reduce the impact on the business.
At Moore Blatch, we advise businesses on all the legal aspects of the day to day operational employment issues that they face. We will help you with the often complex procedures that you must follow when faced with employment issues of all kinds. We will also provide expert advice on managing employment procedures if your business needs to change.
employment | 28.06.2019