Employment tribunals affect over 100,000 businesses in the UK every year, in this article, our Senior HR consultant Louise Angell, offers an expert insight to employment tribunals.
There are four questions below you need to ask yourself.
If you find yourself not knowing the answer with certainty then you could be vulnerable to a tribunal claim by one of your employees.
The Equality Act 2010 covers the below nine protected characteristics
As an employer you are the face of all your employees – this means even if someone else (your employee) does something wrong you are held accountable – so it’s incredibly important that you and your whole workforce understand how to behave appropriately. Not having a clear understanding about protected characteristics is common in the workplace and as a company you need to ensure you have policies in place and accessible by all staff, included in staff induction and training to raise awareness.
As a business owner, Director or Manager how confident are you that everyone is treating everyone in your team equally and fairly. What training have you provided to ensure they have knowledge in this area and their actions aren’t putting your business and reputation at risk?
Have you ever heard one of your team, or even when you have visited another business, enjoying ‘banter’ such as you’re too old … or teasing each other about their years of experience or lack thereof, what about fun banter about a woman’s ‘time of the month’ or ‘baby brain’ after someone returns from maternity leave …. I am sure you will have heard some of these throughout your career… these can lead to discrimination and therefore a claim against you.
Remember the highest claim from April to June 2020 was paid out at £266,000, don’t wait to be in this situation, act now and keep your business protected.
If you would like to find out how you can keep your business protected or would like to discuss employment tribunals further, please get in contact with our team of experts. With a combined 60 years of experience, our team can offer you support, coaching, training and guidance.
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