Employment law is proving to be an ever growing minefield

Breda Cullen
Breda Cullen

Getting it wrong in the ever-expanding minefield of employment law can be a financial disaster for any organisation, a local human resources expert has said.

In recent years, a basic knowledge of employment law has become an essential tool for all managers and organisations in the North West are becoming increasingly aware.

Issues must be resolved before they snowball into serious problems and that’s why it’s essential to have the proper structures in place, says Human Resources expert Breda Cullen, Managing Partner at local firm HR Team.

“It’s essential that organisations protect themselves from potential legal action by employing best practice in line with ever-changing legislation.

“It has become essential for line managers to have a basic appreciation of employment laws, to help resolve any issues before they grow and become problems.

“The cost of getting it wrong could leave an organisation with serious cash flow problems - so it’s important that any problems identified are dealt with early on and to ensure that others do not arise by getting the right advice and implementing it.”

One of the most recent changes to employment was a hike in the maximum Unfair Dismissal Basic Award, which was increased on last month from £5300 to £5500, while the Compensatory Award increased from £72,300 to £74,200.

“Many organisations could not sustain such a financial hit, especially those already in the grip of financial strife.

“It must also be noted that payouts in discrimination cases are unlimited.”

Employment laws are in constant flux and in a court of law ignorance is no excuse for getting it wrong.

HR Team is to host a free ‘HR Basics’ seminar for business owners and managers at Da Vinci’s Ramada Hotel in Derry on April 10.

Ms Cullen explains: “This seminar is perfect for business owners and managers who are faced with the challenges of ensuring compliance with employment legislation and efficient people management.

“The content will help firms in their understanding of the complexities of managing their workforces and support them in implementing robust HR systems to ensure business runs smoothly.

“It will cover the following topics: Employment lifecycle; Recruitment, selection and induction procedures; Probationary periods; Record keeping; Performance management; Disciplinary, capability and grievance procedures; Dismissal and termination; Absence management and the Disability Discrimination Act.”

The experts from HR Team will be available after the seminar to answer any questions and receive feedback on the session.

Registration for this FREE seminar can be made via email at breda@hrteam-ni.com. Places are limited and will be on a first come, first served basis.

The event will take place from 9.30am-12.30pm and include a break for tea/coffee and scones.

For further information log on to www.hrteam-ni.com