Today we attended a seminar to learn more about the complexity of Employment Law and how important it is to small businesses; presented by Peninsula and hosted by Goringe Accountants Ltd. The seminar covered areas such as legislation, tribunals and health & safety. It allowed us to consider these areas from a Human Resources Management (HRM) point of view and how best to deal with different operational issues.
A point repeatedly mentioned was of ‘good management’. If implemented it would be able to minimise risks for the business and to ensure the fair treatment of employees. Sticking to procedures and policies rigidly will avoid anyone bringing a case against the business. In the short term the extra documentation and time will seem like a nuisance, however in the long term it will save the business time and money. An employment tribunal will inevitably be timely and expensive causing severe disruption for the business. Therefore avoiding such tribunals will ensure the business continues to operate as normal.
Discrimination is an area to step carefully with; particularly important to consider when recruiting for your business. You must create an environment that is equally fair for everyone regardless of age, sex, r