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Employment Law: Many people do not realise that from the moment your business begins to grow and you advertise for that first employee, employment law begins. How you place the advertisement, what is asked for, questions you may ask at an interview – should you get any part of this wrong, it could result in a hefty Employment Tribunal award.
Understanding how difficult it can be for companies to adhere to the ever-changing employment law is why Consensus HR’s founder Matthew studied for three years with the University of Surrey and CIPD’s Employment Law Barristers. This was to ensure that he gained a full understanding/qualification within this field (ACEL) to support businesses who do not have the luxury of a dedicated HR department, in meeting their legal requirements and acting to best practice to gain maximum results for their business and team.
EMAIL & TELEPHONE ADVICE LINE
Sometimes our clients wish to gain advice urgently and prefer to either telephone or send an email. That is why for a small monthly fee we can provide unlimited advice from our Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) qualified professionals.
On the whole, we are able to answer questions immediately but should further information be required we will get back to you within 4 hours. As part of our advice, we will provide draft legal letters to ensure your company follows best practice and the law.
Understanding Employment Law can be hard for any business to ensure it continually adheres to the laws set by Parliament & European Directives. Employment Tribunal (ET) fees on average cost £7,000 per day for 4 days, totalling around £28,000. We ask our clients why they would risk incurring these costs as well as their status as a reputable employer, and support them in putting the right systems in place.
Did you know by law that all members of your team are entitled to a Contract of Employment within two months of starting with the business?
Seeking professional HR and business advice can help your business be proactive rather than reactive. You’ll be doing as much as possible to prevent disputes from happening. Should you have to proceed to ACAS conciliation or ET, you’ll be able to demonstrate best practice and activities meeting legal requirements. Your business will be seen as a business of preference to work for. You’ll also achieve better sales, employee motivation and reduced turnover of staff.
The team are Chartered members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and hold an advanced qualification in employment law (ACEL)
It is important to understand the importance of employment documents and what is a necessity from the start such as Contracts of Employment & Handbooks. These include the relevant Policies and Procedures written for the business, ensuring they have the right systems in place to improve business success whilst making them an employer of choice.
By having the correct documents, it will help ensure your team knows what is expected of them, as well as what action may be taken should they not meet the required standards.
All our documents are written in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and are drafted specifically for the company.
At Consensus our relationship with our clients is extremely important and is why each client is treated individually and not as a number. We get to know our clients businesses and provide solutions to their HR issues whether it is introducing contracts, values or a performance management system to employment law training. We are there to take the headache away of employing people and allow the business to continue to grow.
We provide help, guidance and coaching support at every stage whether you need us to be present on site to support you or talk you through the situation over the phone or email. This can be advice on employment contracts, a specic issue or plans for change. We help Companies with their People Solutions’.
Our aim is to ensure that all our clients receive a proactive rather than reactive service that works with them to identify any potential pitfalls that may occur and put suitable solutions in place for the benefit of the business and team. We will carry out a one hour complimentary audit on your current HR within the business, and give you honest feedback and options on the best way forward.
Dealing with employee issues such as an unacceptable level of sickness or theft can sometimes be time consuming and worrying for business owners. At Consensus HR we are happy to attend a client’s business, and will provide a quote for this service if needed.
EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATES
Every month our retained clients receive a newsletter that outlines a range of important HR issues to date that they need to be aware of, whether this is employment law changes or events that have been happening in relation to HR in business. We also provide this information on our website:
HR DEVELOPMENT FOR MANAGERS & KEY MEMBERS OF THE TEAM
The development of one of your main assets, your team, is vital to the success of the business, and whether it creating and implementing a new Performance Review process or writing customer service development, we are able to provide first hand development courses written specifically for your business together with core Competency Training such as ‘Working to Objectives & Standards’ and Developing Self & Others’ to name just a few.