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Top 5 Tips to Limit the Risk of Being an Employer


Employment law is notoriously complex and uncertain with huge risks of tribunal action when things go wrong. Here are my top 5 tips to manage the risk of being an employer to allow you to move your business in the direction you want:


  1. Legal Health Check

    As an employer it is important to have up to date policies and procedures in place. For example:

    • What do you do with the employee is always ill on a Monday and Friday?
    • What to do about Auto enrolment?
    • What do you do if you need to make redundancies?

     There are of course numerous employment situations that may arise, but the vast majority can be covered by a carefully worded policy, and if followed correctly you are 90% there!

  2. Think about employment protection insurance
    It is possible to purchase legal expense insurance that not only covers any legal expenses, but also indemnifies you against employment tribunal payouts if you lose your case. This insurance may be more affordable than you think, and provides great peace of mind.

  3. Keep updated on employment law
    There are a number of ways to keep ahead of the game; however this is always a challenge when running a business. The internet is useful but you do have to trawl through an awful lot of commentary to find something that is accurate and relevant. The alternative might be to subscribe to a monthly retainer to deal with all of your employment law needs. We offer such retainers from £75 per month plus VAT, which would include your legal health check and all the employment advice you need, on tap.

  4. Decide whether you would like your business staffed by employees or workers
    These days, more and more businesses are opting for the “zero hour” worker rather than the traditional employee. Zero hour contracts remove certain obligations on the part of both the worker and employer, and very often suit all parties. The laws surrounding the correct definition of a “worker” as opposed to an “employee” are complex and it is therefore important to take legal advice on your specific situation before moving to a different employment model.

  5. Be fair and bold
    Employment law is largely down to fairness and procedural correctness, so do not be afraid of taking fair and decisive action if this is for the good of your business, once you have taken the correct legal advice. The law is not designed to stifle businesses; it is just that it seems this way at times!


If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised in this blog please do not hesitate to email me a or call on 01473 244333.


By Tom Clements of Unite Solicitors


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    Mr Chak Thursday, 04 June 2015

    That was very useful especially for a small to medium business. I like the part about being bold.

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