Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to remove all chance of ever being taken to an employment tribunal (except to not employ people!). There are, however, a lot of steps you can take to both minimise the risk of receiving an ET1 and maximise the chances of a positive outcome if you do face a claim.
If you invest your money in buying a house you expect to need to undertake some degree of maintenance in order to protect that investment. For many businesses, the biggest cost to the company is that of employee salaries but this isn’t viewed as an investment. In many cases it’s viewed as a necessary evil but given how much you spend on staff costs, doesn’t it make sense to make sure you get the most out of your employees? There are many HR frameworks that can help you see where your focus needs to be.
There are so many things that businesses can do to set themselves apart from their competitors through the way they manage their staff and we’d love to discuss all of them but in this post we’re going to look at three simple activities which all businesses should consider doing.
This week we thought it would be worth sharing a cautionary tale with you regarding the impact a lack of an employment contract can have.
As a business owner, your contacts database is likely to be something that you guard closely. Ownership of those contacts whose details are in some form of CRM is easy to determine.
But what about those contacts who are gathered through employee networking and stored on privately owned social media accounts? They are still very valuable to the business but how do you prevent them disappearing out of the door at the same time as the employee leaves?
For years we’ve heard about the benefits of flexible working and home working, and many predicted that this would be the way of the future. A survey in 2011 found that 59% of employers offered employees the option to remote work, up from just 13% in 2006 but is this trend about to reverse?
Last week there was extensive press coverage of the case of Stella English, a winner of the TV show ‘The Apprentice’. Ms English won a £100,000 position at the end of the series but claims that the role did not turn out to be what she was expecting but how transparent should a recruitment process be?
As you’ll no doubt be aware, HMV went into administration recently and many staff were put at risk of redundancy. One particularly disgruntled employee took over the HMV corporate Twitter account and posted live updates as the news was announced to the staff. Not exactly the publicity that HMV needed!
This past week has seen the NHS come under fire for including a gagging order in a compromise agreement with Gary Walker, the ex-chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospital trust, which prevented him from speaking out about his concerns regarding patient safety.
The NHS clearly operates in a very different environment to our clients but it has got us thinking about what can and can’t be achieved through compromise agreements.