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Don't be complacent about employment law

Don't be complacent about employment law
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 12:08

There has been a significant recent rise in the number of employment tribunals and these have been driven by recession-lead redundancies.

According to the the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) this should be a reminder and an alert business to the importance of complying with employment law.

As the employee relations adviser for the the CIPD, Mike Emmott said "The sharp increase in employment tribunals following the swathe of redundancies in the recession should send a clear warning to employers that they simply cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to the law."

The Equality Bill alone is a major change that will force employers to review their existing equality strategies. This Bill will have an effect on such areas as equal pay, positive action, harassment and disability."

CIPD reports that employers must also be watchful of other issues and changes in rules and regulations due later this year on:

  • fit notes
  • additional maternity and paternity pay
  • the national minimum wage
  • enactment of the provisions of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

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