As an employer, one of the primary ways you can protect your business is through having appropriate employment contracts and policies in place; so sound, pragmatic legal advice from specialist employment solicitors on these is essential.
Hine Legal’s specialists will help you keep up to date with current employment law, ensure that your contracts are legally compliant, and that you have legally up-to-date policies and procedures in place to avoid potentially costly pitfalls and mistakes.
Employment Law Support
Hine Legal provides employers with commercial, practical and tailored guidance and support on all aspects of employing people; from recruitment to termination and beyond.
We can provide day-to-day support to employers (whether to dedicated HR teams or owners of SMEs), helping you to resolve issues as they arise, such as:
- Disciplinary matters and grievance procedures.
- Performance issues.
- Allegations of bullying and harassment.
- Ill health/sickness absence.
- Outsourcing/projects involving TUPE.
- Implementing new incentive schemes.
- Employment law for change of contract.
- Issues involving senior/board level employees, including their appointment and removal.
- Making an employee redundant, including redundancy law for voluntary redundancy or compulsory redundancy.
- Issues affecting members of your HR team or in-house Counsel.
- Advising on complaints of unfair dismissal, direct or indirect discrimination.
- Disability discrimination or age discrimination in employment.
- GDPR and data protection issues.
- Breach of restrictive covenants.
- Flexible working.
- Employment status.
Employment Law For Recruitment
Hiring a new member of staff is an opportunity to build a stronger organisation, but if poorly managed there are significant risks involved in getting it wrong.
Taking the appropriate legal advice at the outset is far cheaper than having to address problems later on. We have a wealth of experience in advising on recruitment processes including:
- The correct HMRC employment status for the new role (whether as worker, employee or self-employed individual).
- Ensuring that job specifications and adverts are clear and non-discriminatory.
- Carrying out fair and objective selection processes and interviews.
- The right offer processes and checks (including immigration checks) to be followed.
- The correct onboarding processes.
We will provide specialist employment law guidance to ensure that your recruitment processes are handled correctly.
Agency Workers And Contractors
We provide advice on the rights of agency workers to ensure that temporary work agencies and the end users comply with their legal obligations.
Given the legal uncertainty surrounding employment status (i.e. who is an ‘employee’, a ‘worker’ or genuinely ‘self-employed’), we can assist in demystifying this. We can then ensure that you have the right contract in place with each of your members of staff to minimise the risk of claims in the future.
Induction is a vital, but often overlooked, part of the recruitment process, as it helps to ensure that your new employee settles in and performs well, and to avoid problems later on. We will advise you on devising an induction process that suits your organisation’s culture and processes.