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How the end of tribunal fees could threaten your business

How the end of tribunal fees could threaten your business

Published at 4:41pm 27th November 2017.

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If you're a small business owner, sometimes you have to be all things to all people. You take on the roles that would be held by many specialists in larger businesses, and the law expects you to know as much about Human Resources as you would about your own finances. 

From dealing with long term sick leave appropriately, to professionally confronting absenteeism, it's crucial that employers don't put themselves at risk of tribunal. Now that tribunal fees have been abolished, there could be a rise in the number of employees that bring action against an employer, something which could award the employee as much as £70,000 - enough to seriously threaten the existence of a small business.

Employment law is often written to protect employees rather than employers, as individuals are typically more vulnerable than large employers. It can be complex, jargon-filled, and a potential minefield if you need to put it into practice. However, when it comes to smaller, local businesses, a court would hold you as an employer to the same standard as a huge company with a dedicated HR department, even if you don't have one of your own.

One practical, affordable solution is to seek guidance from an HR consultant, rather than trying to become an expert overnight. 

One local business owner, Lynda Fenton from Empact HR, aims to help employers with their potential HR and employment law issues. With over 40 years experience in HR and 10 years running Empact HR, she's well placed to guide your business through the potential minefield of dealing with difficult employees.

Based in Menston,  they can provide bespoke HR services from providing written guidance on employment law to attending difficult meetings, managing the induction of employees, and letting employees go.

Beth Parsons from Stray FM's Business Hub talked to Lynda Fenton from Empact HR about how businesses could benefit. 

To find out more about Empact HR, visit their website at or find them on Twitter at @EmpactHR

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