Employment Relations strategy

Employment Relations strategy

 17 Aug 2017

The recent appeal to the Supreme Court, and unanimous ruling that employment tribunal fees are unlawful, has brought attention back to employment rights and what impact this may have on employers. Since the fee system launched in 2013, the drop in cases taken to tribunals has been significant and it is largely thought this has a direct correlation to the associated cost, which many employees could not afford to pay. While the decision doesn’t remove fees entirely, there may be a replacement scheme which the UK Government are predicted to approach with care. As the Scottish Parliament have previously favoured abolition of fees there may be some variation between the two.

Therefore, as we have recently launched our new HR service offering, we have been discussing what effect this will have on our workplace. If there is an increase in cases, which at present appears likely, are employers prepared to cope?

If organisations have internal ER specialists, then it may be useful to identify any skills gaps and look at some additional training to ensure tribunal cases are a last resort and all people management processes are managed effectively. Where the organisation has a small HR team, or perhaps no resource, then it is worth checking with an outsourced supplier what measures they can support on.

Whether you are looking to hire an ER specialist, upskill team members or perhaps discuss requirements, we are happy to support. Now is the perfect time to ensure you have a healthy approach to employment relations and your employees are not left feeling tribunal is the only way to exercise their voice.

If you would like to discuss our HR service call Nadia Macdonald 0141 231 1172. 

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