HR Support Solicitors in Newark
The world of employment law and HR support can be incredibly tricky to navigate, especially as there are so many potential pitfalls that could derail your commercial operations. That’s exactly why effective training is essential to ensure that HR policies are procedures are effectively implemented and adhered to.
At Chattertons, our employment law solicitors in Newark have substantial expertise and experience in handling a wide range of employment matters that could affect your business. Part of the service we provide includes HR support and training services, designed to provide you with the tools and knowledge to reduce the potential for employment law claims and offer defences if an issue does arise somewhere down the line.
The training service we provide is practical and informative, as well as actively encouraging participation to ensure that it is engaging for every participant.
As a part of our HR support service in Newark, we can offer a variety of sessions, ranging from a few hours through to full days.
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Our HR support expertise in Newark
According to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), a disciplinary procedure is used by an employer to address an employee’s conduct or performance. It goes without saying that the way disciplinary matters are handled can be a very fine balancing act.
Of course, as an employer, you want to be sure that you are being fair at all times to your employees. However, lines need to be drawn, which means that the correct procedures need to be followed to the letter if a disciplinary action (such as a suspension) needs to be carried out. Failing to do so could quickly lead to an employment dispute.
Our HR support solicitors in Newark offer training on various disciplinary matters, aligning the advice we provide with ACAS guidance, as well as how to avoid common mistakes that often plague other businesses.
Our training on disciplinary matters includes:
- ACAS Code
- Drafting allegations and the disciplinary hearing letter
- Common Mistakes
- Case Law – recent decisions
A grievance procedure is used to address an employee’s problem or a complaint that is raised by an employee. Naturally, your business will want to avoid any of your employees feeling as though they need to make a complaint, but during the course of business, disagreements and misunderstandings can occur, which is why responding to grievances in the right way is absolutely essential.
It is also important for your employees to have a detailed understanding of how to deal with these types of situations and where it may be appropriate to raise a grievance. In many instances, workplace issues can be handled through informal processes, with the formal grievance procedure then being required where this has not worked, or the issue is very serious (such as sexual harassment or whistleblowing).
Our HR support solicitors in Newark can offer detailed advice and guidance on grievances and what procedures should be followed.
Our expertise with grievance includes:
- ACAS Code of Practice
- What constitutes a grievance?
- Informal vs formal process
- Grievance Invitation
- Grievance Hearing
- Case Law – recent decisions
Equality in the workplace
Every workplace should always actively encourage equality, diversity and inclusion. Doing so not only helps to make the business more successful and make employees feel well represented, but it also prevents serious legal issues from arising, such as bullying, discrimination or harassment.
When your business employs a diverse range of individuals from different backgrounds, they will likely have their own set of beliefs and personalities, which could lead to potential issues if left unchecked. That is why having effective training and clear policies in place can help to clarify exactly what types of behaviour would be considered to undermine equality in the workplace and what steps should be taken if inappropriate behaviour does, unfortunately, take place.
Our expertise with these matters includes:
- How to recognise inappropriate behaviour in the workplace
- How to handle complaints
- Reasonable steps defence
Recruitment and the employment contract
The first priority when hiring someone is, of course, to find the best fit for the role. However, there are a range of other issues which must be taken into consideration, such as following equality law when recruiting to avoid inadvertent discrimination and sticking to specific regulations when hiring someone from outside the UK.
This is also where having a watertight employment contract is essential, as it can avoid any potential disputes from occurring or for your employees to use it against you further down the line.
Our HR support solicitor’s expertise in this area includes:
- Right to work in the UK (including specialist Business Immigration expertise)
- DBS Checks
- Cautions and Convictions
- Pre-health Questionnaires
- When to issue a written statement of terms and what it should include
- Restrictive Covenants
- The importance of the Induction
Additional training opportunities
Given that the world of work was irreversibly changed by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is truer than ever to say that we never know what might be around the corner.
Our HR support experts in Newark can provide various additional training opportunities designed to support your business with every possible matter you might be faced with, including but not limited to:
- Performance Management
- Data Protection (GDPR) in the employment context
- Family Leave and Flexible Working requests
- Holidays and Sickness
Why Chattertons are the right choice for HR support in Newark
Chattertons is recognised as a leading employment law firm being ranked by the highly respected client guide The Legal 500 for our exceptional expertise in the field of employment law and HR support.
Our team includes members of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA), reflecting our specialist understanding of this challenging area of law as well as our commitment to continually developing our employment law practice. Additionally, our team is highly experienced in their field; collectively enjoying over 70 years of specialist experience in Employment law between them.
Where you require additional specialist topic to be covered, we can also rely on a variety of specialists, such as immigration experts for businesses who require training on international recruitment.