This morning HJS Human Resources closed their series of free seminars in 2018 with a informative update on the latest changes in employment law. The seminar was free for any local employer to attend and was held at the new home for HJS in Salisbury - Cross Keys House in Queen Street.
Guests arrived to a selection of fresh pastries from and had an opportunity to meet the HJS team ahead of the presentations. Thanks to our local Reeve The Baker for the treats and our Regus hosts for our meeting room - we're very lucky to have such modern facilities to hand.
Employment Law update from HJS Human Resources
Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme
Naturally one of the key updates was regarding the latest updates on Brexit and what this meant for employers with staff from the EU. There is still so much uncertainty that is preventing businesses moving forward with their ability to plan for Brexit. HR Consultant Mark Dunning discussed the overview of the current position on Brexit, the transition period from 29 March 2019 and details of the EU Settlement Scheme.
You can read our latest update on the EU Settlement Scheme here. We also flagged these websites as useful resources:
Application Process https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families
Employer – Employee Communications https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-employer-toolkit
Important Employment Law Updates
HR Services Manager Peter Harding provided an update on the outcome of recent landmark cases from The Court of Appeals and The Employment Appeals Tribunal. Cases discussed included harassment, vicarious liability and discrimination.
Peter then shared the latest news in regard to Pay Gap reporting, which the Government had put a heavy focus on this year. He then ran through the statutory payments and their increases from April 2019.
We'll be publishing a full update in the New Year but you can request a copy of the slides by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Minimising the Risk of an Employment Tribunal
Managing Director of HJS Human Resources, Dan Jenkins, then shared some interesting statistics on employment tribunals since the fees were abolished in July 2017.
The latest figures have shown that claims in April-June 2018 were up 165% compared to the same period last year, and the highest sum awarded to an employer was £415,227.
Dan concluded with a number of tips for employers to minimise the risk of an employment tribunal, which included:
Review and update employment contract terms and policies
Apply rules consistently across the business
Deal with performance/conduct problems promptly
If you'd like a copy of the slides please email email@example.com
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