We have to be honest – employment law can be a minefield.
There is a lot of information to work with, and there are also many sources where recruitment laws UK can be found. For example, gov.UK, ACAS, and HMRC.
However, it is vital for businesses to stay abreast of all updates, no matter how big or small, if they want to avoid the risk of varying levels of compensation.
At Bhayani Law, we know that HR and legal teams have a huge responsibility in managing these changes, and we understand that time and resources alongside the volume of information provided are often a problem.
That’s why we work with you, providing specialist support relating to current and ongoing changes when you need it most.
Updates and changes that range from increases to the National Minimum Wage, announcements on lowering the age of the National Minimum Wage, zero-hour contracts and more.
Rules regarding compensation, benefits, working hours, time off, etc., are constantly changing, affecting the employee-employer relationship.
Make sure you’re not missing important legislative updates, leading to negative implications and costly lawsuits.
Consequences of falling behind
Businesses must stay legislatively compliant.
By not staying up to date with employment law, as a business, you run the risk of not implementing the required updates, resulting in HMRC investigations, which could result in financial penalties and a damaging reputation that can often be difficult to rebuild.
Regularly reviewing your employee handbooks, contracts, and even template letters should all be part of your process to ensure compliance.
Staying up to date with employment laws can also help foster better working relationships with employees, increase productivity and improve company culture.
Employment Law Changes
Recent changes to employment law include:
- Immigration Law
- End of Furlough Scheme
- Gender Pay Gap reporting
- IR35 requirements
- Extended Redundancy Protection for pregnant employees
- Increases to National Minimum Wage.
How to stay up to date
Make sure you have access to some great resources available online. Can you stay informed in real-time, receive instant alerts, automatic updates, etc.?
There is a hive of activity and information online, and it is vital that you use this to do your research. Check out the latest news, articles, and posts. However, a word of caution, check date stamps on articles to ensure relevancy and check the legitimacy of all information by cross-referencing with other sources.
Subscribe to relevant sites such as gov.UK, ACAS, Bhayani Law, etc.
Be part of the conversation
Make sure to sign up for newsletters and bulletins from the experts. In addition, look at potential webinars, seminars, and conferences to attend to meet colleagues and peers and be the first to hear new information and updates.
Sign up for our mailing list today and receive informative posts and regular updates on the latest news and announcements in the industry.
You can also join regulatory reforms, where you can be a big part of the conversation—providing input and helping shape the future of employment law and changes.
Be part of professional networks
There are numerous networks available for professionals, ranging from general to quite industry-specific. Finding the best and most suitable network for you and your team can prove invaluable. With the ability to learn from peers, chat with others in the sector, and also provide advice and information, professional networks are growing in size and popularity.
Make use of technology
Technology is advancing at a pace, and for businesses to succeed, we must move with it yet use it in a way that meets our overarching needs.
Continually work on your compliance
Prioritise and set time aside to update, research, and review all changes and updates to HR and employment law. Sign up for training sessions and immediately develop and address any compliance areas of concern.
Regularly review your employee handbook
By reviewing your employee handbook, you can make the necessary changes as soon as possible. We’d also recommend having your handbook reviewed by an external professional as it is often possible that they pick up on things that you might have potentially missed.
Work with professional consultants
HR legislation is no small feat, and working with an experienced team of professionals can provide you with complete peace of mind that you are always up-to-date and fully compliant with employment law in the UK.
At Bhayani Law, it is our job to support you. To advise on all the changes and how these changes will affect your business and teams. We take care of your business employment law needs so you can continue to focus on everyday business operations.
When it comes to employment law and understanding and implementing changes, you can never be too careful.