Industry Insights: Employment Law Guidance

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HR managers are becoming more and more concerned about the ever increasing employment law developments and employee claims culture. HR managers need to ensure that their line managers are equipped with the knowledge and skills to manage staffing issues fairly, consistently and within the law.

 

One recently industry case study involves the HR manager of a large manufacturing firm. Through being unaware of essential operational practice and legal requirements, a number of management errors had resulted in costly employment tribunals and damaged relations within the workplace.

 

The organization lacked the internal specialist resource and the time to design and deliver an effective training programme to meet both manager and the company needs. With her specialist HR background spanning 20 years, many of which were spent operating at Board level, Gillian Webster of Routledge Blakey Associates LTD was able to provide the advice and support required to drive this new initiative forwards internally.

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The actions which followed involved a review of the employee manual to check complience, together with the design of a training programme and communication closely aligned to the updated policies, procedures and best practice. The modules selected and delivered to all line managers included:

Managing effectively within the law, this incorporated the statutory requirements and the costs associated with poor practice.

Managing absence effectively, to include managing short and long term absence, recognizing and managing stress in the workplace, operational and legislative family friendly policies, including maternity, paternity, parental leave and flexible working.

Recruitment and selection, which included data protection, diversity and discrimination, and which highlighted best practice procedures and skills development within a structured competency framework.

Managing underperformance, the grievance and disciplinary process and dismissal.

 

As a result of the expert consultancy of Routledge Blakey Associates LTD, the HR Manager reported that managers have demonstrated a significantly increased awareness of the implications of getting it wrong, the need for consistency and the following of internal procedures resulting in reduced absence and improved staff retention.

 

According to Gillian Webster, owner of RBA and senior HR consultant, organisations often leave it too late before considering the essential training requirements of their managers. Investing now in a focused, practical approach to ensure managers manage within the law, and also to drive continuous performance improvements can prevent costly and time consuming actions down the line and minimize legal risks.

 

 

 

 

See http://routledge-blakey.co.uk for more Industry InsightsOr you can contact industry expert Gillian Webster, directly gillian@routledge-blakey.co.uk or 01274 599233
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