Each week, Peninsula Business Services invite business owners, finance directors and senior management to take advantage of our national program of FREE Employment Law and Health & Safety Webinars.

Amanda Chadwick

When you are running a small business you have enough on your hands to deal with the day to day running of your company without having to worry about the red tape restrictions and nightmares that managing your HR needs could provide.

In this webinar I will advise small businesses on how to manage their HR issues and what benefits they can receive by looking to outsource their HR needs and requirements.

If you would like any further information or advice on the advantages of outsourcing HR then please call our advice service on 0844 892 2772 or contact us online.

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Good morning everybody. Hello. Welcome to today’s webinar on the 16th January. Don’t worry. One more day to the weekend.Reasons Why Employers and HR Outsource or Seek Guidance for Employment Issues, and we want to talk about that.

What I’m going to do first of all is I’m going to talk about where people go wrong, policies and procedures, etc., and then we’re going to go on to reasons why people do outsource and seek help and guidance for employment law issues.

So, all right, first of all, just to set the scene really and let you know about our company if you’ve not heard me before, is we started over 30 years ago now. So it was our 30th anniversary last year. The photograph you see on the right is our head office and I’m probably there once every week. I’m based in North Wales on the Harford peninsula. I’m a senior speaker at Peninsula Business Services. It started with two brothers who started up a business. They had their own tribunal, which they couldn’t believe they ended up in a tribunal because of a lady stealing from them. They lost out at the tribunal, and they thought ‘Do you know what? We’ve now got to help businesses in the way that we should have been helped.’

And so they had a mission, and they had a mission back in 1983 to help businesses like themselves and support them if ever they … with employment law issues, contracts, policies, procedures, and if they ever had a tribunal, and to insure them for that. And that’s where they started, and 30 years on, well over 30 years on now, we’re still a family-run firm. We still are run by the two brothers that I’m talking about. We have over 27,000 clients, so we integrate ourselves within a lot of businesses throughout the UK, and I’m on about businesses who might only have one member of staff as well, and who love our small business package, and then also people that have thousands of staff. We probably take 60,000 calls, and that’s a lot of problems that are coming through our Advice Line on a weekly basis. And then on top of that we handle about 3,500 tribunals per year and successfully. 98% of those come to a successful conclusion. And it makes sense, really, that the advice is conducive to the contracts, policies and procedures, because if you’re writing the policies and procedures, if you’ve written them you know what advice to give people.

So that’s just really the background of how Peninsula started. I just think it’s quite a credit really to have a family-run firm and I personally like working for one.

So, managing policies and procedures. Let’s just talk about this for a second.

Are you just ticking the boxes? So if somebody says ‘Oh, you must get an apology policy in,’ ‘You must get this in place,’ are you just ticking the boxes and putting things in place without actually understanding why you’ve got them in the first place? Why have you got an equal opportunity policy? How do you use the grievance procedure? Why have you got it there? Have you just printed something off the internet that’s not tailor made? And when do you update your policies and procedures? Why did you last update them? Was there something that happened within work, and how did you do it and how did you roll it out, and were you keeping your fingers crossed in case somebody complained?
And who is actually responsible for checking and keeping up to date with employment law? Major change this year regarding flexible working? Who’s kept up to date with that one? Who’s going to notify everybody? And who’s going to know when a request comes through, whether to honour it or not? So, and what do you do?

So this is where people go wrong.

So what I thought I’d do at this stage is put another picture of me on the screen, and the reason I’ve done that is because I’ve put that there to say ‘I’m your new employee today,’ okay? I’ve just walked into your business, I’ve just started today. God help you by the way. But what do you know about me? What questions did you ask at the interview? Do you know what questions you can ask? You know, are we sticking to the questions we should be asking or are we going off on a tangent here? Are we using a personnel specification? Do we know what one is anyway? Do we know what a job description is? Are we using application forms?

Now, how long does your interview take? Because when I speak with small to medium-sized business you’ve be surprised if I told you that they take about 15 minutes to hold an interview. That’s to get to know somebody you’re allowing to walk into your business. And when do you talk about my health? Actually, on that photograph, what you can’t see is I’m actually deaf. I’ve only got partial hearing in one ear and I take medication three times a day. When do you talk to me about my health? Are you asking me at the interview? Are you asking me in the advert? Because if you are, unless you can objectively justify it, and there’s very far and few cases where you can, you shouldn’t be talking to me about health until you’ve offered me the job.

So there is a legislation that a lot of people still don’t know about and still don’t understand are making mistakes every day. How do you know if I have a disability? And what should you be issued when you offered me the job? So, job offer, statement of main terms, you know, so what can you talk to me about in the interview? What is your starter check list? And there’s a big highlight at the moment now on driving licences. Are you checking with the DVLA that they are a valid licence rather than just a photocopy of them? Do I have the right to work in the UK? Have you checked? Have you checked every single person? I might have a British accent, but, you know, for all you know I might have been born abroad.

And don’t judge somebody by their name or by their skin colour, so if you’re just checking people with a foreign sounding name or a different skin colour, then that’s discrimination. You should be checking everybody.

Have you checked to see if I have any other jobs? Because the biggest complaint in tribunal at the moment is the working time regulations, and that involves work, it involves other work, etc. So do I have any other jobs? Is it relevant to you? And should you put something in the handbook to mention that? And also, you need that now because of pensions. If I do, what should you be doing?

So what if you don’t like me after a few weeks? What have you got in place in your handbook to protect you and make it easy for you to dismiss somebody if you don’t like them? And what have you got in place if you catch me stealing? Do you have a search policy in place? Because that’s something I would highly recommend. Gives you the control.

What about a lateness policy for someone who’s always late? And what if I keep damaging your stuff and losing your keys? Have you ever thought about having a policy in place that saves you money such as a wastage policy?

And then if you’re one of those companies where you moan at the moment about all those people texting or talking on the mobile? Or the new one is iPods. iPods are being really distracting, especially in health and safety environments and manufacturing, loading bay areas. What have you got in place to say that this is a rule that shouldn’t be broken and tied into gross misconduct?

Have you got a sickness policy? Do you do return to work interviews after one day? And what if I told you to shove your job and you just go ‘Yeah, well, I didn’t like you anyway?’ Have you got provisions in place? Do you know the right procedures to follow? These are all the reasons why people outsource employment law or get support with it. You know, we’re not talking about taking HR people’s jobs away. It’s like working alongside them. Because, as experts, we all need a tap on the back to say we’re doing the right thing, or even, d’you know, if I’m in HR and I’m really busy, busy, I haven’t got the time to keep writing letters, if somebody says, ‘Shove your job,’ I feel like going ‘Yeah, well, I don’t like you anyway and thank God for that,’ but I’m not going to say that. What I’m actually going to do is I’m going to give them time to reflect on their decision. But then I’ve actually got to send a letter out to them and arrange a meeting.

Lots of HR people haven’t got time to do that and they might call on the company to help them with that. So how would you manage me talking about you or your staff on Facebook or social networking sites? Where’d you go about writing that policy or procedure? And if you record me, if it’s a shop, it’s a garage, it’s some recording device, whether it’s CCTV, it’s mobile phones, tracking devices or vehicles, if you’ve recorded me, do you know that you’re breaching data protection if you don’t let me know? So that should be in the handbook as well.

And also, we’ve got the floods at the moment. I’m really sorry to mention the floods because it’s such a sad thing, and these flood plains and these flood areas where the people that are flooding, generally are the people that can’t afford the insurance in the first place. So what we’ve got is we’ve got businesses in these flood areas. What are you going to do if you get a flood, a fire, if you get swamped with snow, volcanic ash? I sound like a witch here don’t I? And roadworks? What have you got in place to protect you? And those people are still going to want their wages. It’s not their fault your shop got flooded. But have you got a layoff procedure in place to protect you?

And how do you hold the disciplinary? What do you look out for? What process do you follow? Have you got a hand holding you to make sure that you’ve followed every step, checking with you day in and day out on writing the letters, and what is the hot topic in tribunal at the moment? As I said, working time regulations. We’ve got top talk and flexible working at the moment.
What about data protection? What can you do and what can’t you do when it comes to tracking and Facebook, etc.? Also, pregnancy, do you have a maternity-friendly policy and do you have one that protects you where people have to tell you they’re pregnant so that you don’t make the wrong mistake by dismissing somebody when they’re pregnant and they come back and say ‘Well I am pregnant.’ Have you got a policy in place?

You can see where I’m coming from now. When Peter, our boss, started this company that I work for, and I’ve been here a long time now, but when he started this company he had a vision and that was ‘The law is there. We know the law is there, but the law is written to protect the employee,’ okay? It’s statutory rights. Let’s take a twist on them, let’s put some salt and pepper on them, let’s put them in an employment law handbook and let’s make them work for the employer. We know that somebody can get pregnant. That’s great. I’ve got four children myself, but there are rights for the employer, and people do exploit the employer. So what we would suggest, in a handbook, is that you have a statement and it simply just says, ‘Let me know, written, at the early stage when you become pregnant because of health and safety.’

You know, I’ve given you an overview there, but it basically says that. So when somebody says ‘Oh, they dismissed me because I’m pregnant,’ you can turn around and say ‘Look, I’ve got a copy of the handbook that was given to you. You signed for it on day one. You agreed to it. You accepted the terms and conditions in there. It said you have to tell us when you became pregnant, written, at the early stage. It’s confidential, but it’s for health and safety protection. At no point did you actually tell us.’ And so, what you’ve got there is defence, and it’s all about defence and control and protection, employer, managers, charities, etc.

So do you know what to do if I’m coming to work but not doing my job properly? Have you ever heard of a capability policy? How, do you know how to use it? Would you like somebody to help you deal with somebody that’s continually off sick or long-term sick or has a training issue or capability issue and give you the right answer? What is the answer to dependants? How are you making the decision that you actually pay somebody because they have enough years without the time off for a child, but you’re not paying the other person? And what if I request flexi-time? What is the procedure?

Pensions: are you up to date? My goodness me, if you’ve heard my seminar, not yesterday, the day before, it was on legislation for last year and up and coming for this year, you’ll know I’ve banged on and on and on about pensions. It’s your time, because you have to change the state and the main terms, because you have to change the handbook, because you have to mention the pension provider and the opt-out and because you have to comply, it’s your opportunity, because you’ve got to put that in the handbook and the state the main terms, it is really your opportunity to make sure that your handbooks are up to date and your contracts. Because this is an option, this is your opportunity, to get things bang up to date.

What about a whistle-blowing policy? What about lone workers? What about people that are remote workers? What have you got in place for this? Do you know what to put into a restricted covenant, and how, have you ever heard of one before and thought, well, actually, I quite fancied them, but’ve not known how to compile them. Well, that’s the benefit of outsourcing HR because they’ll do that type of thing for you.

Your business changes. Quite often you take on an HR company and initially you write the policies and procedures, but your business changes as it goes along, and if you’ve got a good HR company they will change your policies for you as your business changes, but they won’t know your business is changing unless you tell them.

So if your mobile phones are a nuisance but you didn’t have that in the first place, get them to put a mobile phone policy in place that’s spot on. Garden leave, restrictive covenants, whistle-blowing, lone workers, remote workers, if that’s something that’s, you know, making you think ‘I should have them in place,’ then that’s something that they need to write. And what do you do when, why do you do an exit interview?

So, where do employers make mistakes? Well, the first mistake they make is they don’t issue a statement of main terms. It’s a legal requirement to issue one, and it’s within eight weeks of the start date. There is a penalty for not issuing one, and as you know, if you’ve heard me talk before, it’s an average of £1,400 for not issuing a statement of main terms. I can’t see why a company wouldn’t, but I have to say, I do face to face workshops, mediation and events, and I meet people, just everyday folk, that are running a business from a garage to a hairdresser to a chip shop to a large organisation, and I meet them, and they say to me, ‘Look Amanda, I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never had a contract in place because I’ve never needed them. I’ve never had an issue with my staff, but I need, I know by law I should have them in place.’ Those are the people I’m talking about as well, people that have never issued a statement of main terms.

Later on in employment, understanding the process you have to go through when you make the change. So you might have initially issued a statement of main terms, but then somebody’s changed their hours and they’ve changed the working, at their request they’ve changed their terms and conditions. Obviously you’re going to have to change the statement of main terms to reflect that. How do you go about doing that?

And obviously, there’s different ones for different staff. And also, what is the work force status of your staff anyway? You might think they’re self-employed, but in employment law we might think that they’re actually full-time employees, and that’s the benefit of outsourcing HR because they’ll always check your workforce status for you based on the evidence and information that you give them, and then they can issue, you know, contract for services, they can issue temporary workers, full-time workers, they can advise you what you should be issuing to protect you against somebody making a claim about their workforce status.

So, where do employers make mistakes? Well, not having written standards and expectations, how you can run a business without having standards and expectations is unbelievable. Expecting staff to be mind-readers, this is, you know, telling somebody off for something which isn’t written down, your staff aren’t mind-readers, and I could go on and on and on about tribunals where people have said ‘My client isn’t a mind-reader. They didn’t know they were going to get dismissed for this. Had they known they wouldn’t have done it.’ This is clearly true. You should have it written down. Not realising legal requirements for certain rules and procedures such as good practice anyway of quality policy, but there are legal requirements we should have, mention the pensions, as I said, but we should have in there, we should have, for example, good grievance procedures, disciplinary procedures and appeal procedures and investigations as well. The law says that we’ve got to have them in place written down. So where are they at the moment if you haven’t got a contract?

Not formalising what already exists, I know, I don’t want you to lose a person out of your company, but what I want you to do is formalise what’s already there. And write it in The Sun’s language. Don’t write it in the Independent’s language. Just formalise it. Put things in place that already exist, on paper rather than just up in the air. And it’s funny, isn’t it? What is a rule for an employer at tribunal, an employee, if it’s a rule for an employee and it’s at their benefit, it’s a rule, but when it’s at their detriment, it isn’t a rule? And let me tell you now, in our experience, and my experience, the person that you’ll end up in a tribunal with is the one you’ve done the most favours for, lent them money, given off for stress, sickness, etc.

So what about inductions, training and education of staff? You have got vicarious liability. If you’re listening to me and you are HR, then I can tell you now. They will say to you, ‘Amanda why, how did you get it wrong? Why are we in a tribunal now? Why is it taking so much time? Why has it cost us so much money?’ You’ve got to get it right. Inductions, training, education of staff. Being scared of changing what isn’t broken, don’t be. You know, I’ve worked with companies every day that have never, ever had, you know, they’ve never had policies and procedures in place, and now, you know, they’ve now got to do it because the law says it. They’re frightened they’re going to rock the boat. You’re not going to. We do it every day.

Don’t copy somebody else’s policies and procedures because they’re written for that particular company. Remember, you’ve got the flavour of your company. You have different rules for different companies and different rules for people. And remember, don’t show emotion. Don’t get angry. It’s your business. I know. And it’s really hard when somebody’s really taking the Mickey but remember, emotion ends up in a tribunal. And be consistent with your staff, consistent with people, okay? One rule for one, one rule for another. Have the same rule for everybody. And don’t make the rules up as you go along.

So, are you not issuing job descriptions? If you’re not issuing job descriptions, then people are unaware of duties, roles, benchmarks. The benefit of outsourcing HR is they’ll write those job descriptions for you. They’ll help you write the personal specifications for adverts so you get the right person for the right job. They’ll help you, or even write the adverts for you. They’ll create the paper trail for you because you’re linking in with them, and they will then, you’ll keep them informed, they can write the letters for you and email them over. And remember, don’t just guess the ACAS Code of Practice. When somebody breathes, and like me, breathes and eats, employment law every single day, I’m not guessing when I’m talking about the ACAS Code of Practice. So when I’m saying this is the rule that you need to follow, you know you’re getting the right advice.

Written rules for investigation, disciplinary, grievance and appeal, I’ve spoken about that. You might think somebody is unhappy in work and they just leave and they give you a letter of resignation saying how unhappy they are – do something about it before you end up in a tribunal. Take advice. Just making one mistake can cost you a fortune and put you out of business. What we do is we help make it simple and consider the suspension cost if we’re dealing with somebody in the care sector or somebody who’s running a small business and only has a couple of members of staff; employers may not take complaints seriously, and you need to.

So, why work with an HR company? Well, it’s a fact, if you’re lucky to have an HR department, they will provide a one-stop shop for employees’ questions, concerns, benefits, recruitment, training, grievances, dismissals, etc. The managers within your company would use an HR department for the place to go for help with retention issues, capability, etc. HR are depended on more now than ever, and are expected to have the answer for everything. I know in the last ten years it just seems everything is about HR. With changes in employment law now happening monthly, if you heard my legislation update on Monday, Tuesday you’ll know what I’m on about.

It is absolutely hard to keep up with everything and please every leader within the company. Keep up to date and you’ll get things right. HR is a critical function, and it’s not surprising that nowadays an estimated 50% of large companies outsource all or some of their HR needs. So let’s have a look at why they’re choosing to outsource or look for some support.

So, number one, it frees up the HR, the managers, the owners and proprietors and allows them to concentrate on their own tasks. HR does not produce a product, yet it can eat up a lot of business or organisation’s time if there are a lot of issues to sort out. There is a matter of keeping up to date with employment law, changes, training, change in handbooks, roll out, implementation, processes, letters, recruitment. The list is absolutely endless. One disciplinary can take up to a week away from the business. With many people getting involved and many not knowing what they’re actually doing and many people thinking they’re doing the right thing and then they follow the wrong route. It can save you money. If you’re lucky enough to have an effective HR department, it does cost money to run, but even the most experienced HR experts use either a solicitor or HR companies for support and they can get bogged down with issues, especially redundancy, restructures and TUPE. And remember, there’s changes last year to TUPE; there’s actually three changes again in the next few months. They know that getting it wrong costs a fortune in these cases and they do look outside for support. Outsourcing all or some of the support gives companies access to experts in specialist areas. It also gives the HR staff and owners peace of mind.

Okay. It improves compliance, known fact. You rely on […] in Hereford a couple of years back, as she didn’t even know that the minimum wage had gone up and she’s three years out of date. I’ve met people that don’t even know now that there’s a procedure you’ve got to follow for disciplinary procedures. So, if you are dealing with an expert, that means that you should feel reinforcing actions you take, knowing that you have great support and you have complied with the ever-changing laws. It also makes you a great company to work for; knowing that you have the right policies and procedures in place you can concentrate on training, inductions then, that are there, and also these policies and procedures are not only there to protect the business, but also there to comply with the law.
It does improve recruitment because knowing that you can be taken to tribunal just from an advert makes me shiver. I worry that many people get it wrong, but I’ve seen plenty of them. I’ve told you about them in the past. From advertising for a women that’s a size eight with blonde hair truthfully, for a private air company, from advertising for a woman to do a job when it’s just a restaurant and there’s no justification for it, to advertising for a retired gent. You know, people do get it wrong, and I’m talking about people that have been in business for many years, delegating the advert writing using the right documents at the start, application forms, personal specification and job descriptions, but not only just using them but being trained and told why to use them lets you get the right person for the right job, but also gives you an insight into employment law yourself. Then it makes you more knowledgeable, and when it does come to job offer time knowing that the company you use will actually help or write the job offer letter for you and also provide the statement of main terms makes life a lot less stressful and easier as well.

Then we’ve got access to the latest tools and technology. This is the bit I absolutely love, because paperwork, I just detest it. Do you? Imagine. Sickness, produce reports, see who’s phoned in sick today, plan your staff rota, and you can do it, really, if you’ve got your iPhone there, or any other phone, smartphone or laptop, while sitting on a beach on holiday or working from home.

Well, do you know what? It’s here. Working beautifully, and available now. We are launching this week some podcasts, I’m on them, on the app store, and our HR online service; we have the best IT experts designing the most innovative HR technology services around and all using cloud secure technology. Amazing. I can’t tell you how happy I am about it because I really don’t like paperwork.

We have to face the fact – technology is the way forward. Paper work is old news. We’re making a difference in this field, both in health and safety as well, and employment law, and even employee assistance.

So, do you want a free trial on that? If you do, my email address is at the end, and please contact me. I can arrange a free trial. You can be honest as well. If you’re outsourcing HR, the advantages to taking outside advice and support are that you can be honest to say what you think or what you’d like to do. The company will tell you the risks and help you every step of the way. Remember, they are there to become an integral part of your company. When they give you advice, they have written everything that you have and will know the pros and cons of where to go, and this is conducive. The advice you get, should be conducive to what is written. This is really honest. You know, this is really important.

So, the smaller businesses with no HR department, many employers consider outsourcing the HR requirements as a way of saving money compared to the cost of employing internal staff, and there could be a number of other benefits, and it’s removing time-consuming and routine HR process, allows your staff to focus on the tasks that are more difficult to outsource. Example: conducting employee inductions and getting to know people that are taking on. With an HR company, you won’t have downtime because of staff holidays, maternity or illnesses, or spend time training replacement staff. They’re there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, seven days a week. And we all need an expert sometimes. Even I speak to my colleagues and say, ‘What about this in TUPE? What about this in this redundancy situation?’ It is difficult to train someone in HR how to handle all the events that will occur. Have an internal staff, many of the daily and regular HR situations that your business will encounter, but at times you will need to call on an expert to resolve situations and it stops errors. An HR company, they’re less likely to make any mistakes, and even if they did you will be insured for any errors, whereas if you make the mistake in-house it’s at your own expense.

So, summary of reasons. I started, you know, when I do my one-to-one and speak to, and hold events, usually if I’ve got somebody in the audience they go ‘Actually, I’m the PA. I did start as an administrator. Now I do the Christmas parties. Now I do HR. Now I do health and safety.’ Just because they do all that, they actually say they’re bogged down and they’re now handling everything, and they’re not trained, they don’t feel comfortable to deal with certain processes or confident enough. Even the most experienced HR person, as I said, likes to take advice just to make sure everything is going the right way or they need advice on specialist subjects. It’s cost effective to outsource as the mistakes are very costly and time consuming. And also, can stunt the company’s growth because we’re focusing on other stuff than growing the company. You might be losing money, and actually simple adjustments to policies can save fortunes for businesses, wastage, search policies, sickness; employers are not usually experienced at writing contracts. Contracts need updating. Super-busy years, by the way, 2013, super busy year this year for legislation. Remember that. Remember the Pension Act.

Not knowing the basic rights of an employee or how soon someone can take to tribunal, having an outsourced company can provide you with the right handbook for the right business; keeps you up to date with changes, continually updates policies, procedures and contracts. Advice is there 24 hours a day, 365 days, so no sickness issues.

If you’re not confident at drafting letters, or any communication, then they will do it for you. We’ll even write the adverts to make sure they adhere to the law and protect you and advise you on content. You get free webinars like this. You get free training, magazines with up-to-date topics and blogs, amazing access to the best HR technology, so things like absence, sickness and holidays can be tracked, requested and monitored easily.

Can you really afford to get it wrong? If you have a support service and you choose to be insured and you follow their advice you will be assured for the outcome. It’s peace of mind. It’s confidence knowing you walk into a tribunal confident the company defending you has over 30 years’ knowledge and service protecting the employer. It saves time, stress, and it’s paying someone to handle, you know, you pay people to handle your tax matters. You pay people to handle account matters. You insure everything else from your mobile phone to your TV and your fridge, why wouldn’t you insure your staff or your business?

So, let’s have a look at which case is length of service immaterial. So, this is where some people get it wrong. There will be, there will automatically be a finding of unfair dismissal against you if you sack anyone of any age or length of service for any of the following reasons. So I thought I’d do a list here for you, and don’t bother writing all of this down, because it is available on YouTube later on.

Taking leave for family reasons, including pregnancy, maternity leave and pay, paternity, etc. Taking leave for family emergencies or to care for dependents, even if as in a case in 2008 the employee knew she would need to take time off to look after her child two weeks in advance and failed to organise alternative arrangements.

Performing certain health and safety activities. Refusal of Sunday working by shop and betting staff. Performing certain working time activities. Performing certain functions as a trustee or an occupational pension scheme. And listen, I’m not going to read out the whole list, but have a look at this. This is just some of people’s statutory rights and refusing them, you know, in which case, a length of service is immaterial when it comes to taking you to tribunal.

Here’s the rest of the list. Making a protected disclosure, i.e., whistleblowing, so it’s a good idea to have whistleblowers continual grievance hearing, taking certain steps under the national minimum time working, and it goes on. Do we understand this, or did you until today?

Remember, there will also automatically be a finding of unfair dismissal against you if an employee can attribute your action to any of the causes. You’re strongly advised to take legal advice first.

So, helping you. It doesn’t matter. It’s training. It’s webinars. It’s updates, it’s events. Your employment law documents, insuring it reflects the personality of your business and is aligned to the demands and needs of your business. We assure that standards and expectations are clear because we do know the law and you know your business. We try and marry the two up and we’re very successful at that. It’s about putting documents, policies and procedures in place which helps you with your business and don’t hinder you.

We even provide training on ways and ideas to grow and motivate your employees.
Remember, the documentation is the foundation or legal floor that you, as the employer, will fall down to if you have a dispute with your staff. Spend time getting that right and you are increasing your choices and options in business which then puts us in a better position to give you good commercial advice. The documents we provide are up to date and clear. Everything from the application forms to the induction forms to the staff appraisal systems to sickness systems, to an employee leaving, and there’s lots more in between there. Remember, your actions should be […] very important, and that is to provide a device service that works with it. When you contact Peninsula as a client you quote a unique account number. Our legally trained adviser can then view your contracts, handbooks, policies, which will differ greatly from another client’s business. We ensure you get the right advice for the right issue, 24 hours, 365 days, and never sick.

Our legal team are brilliant, should you use, you, as an employer, face the prospect of litigation through the employment tribunal system, the legal department steps in to deal with this matter on your behalf. From liaising with a complaint claimant’s solicitor to preparing witness statements to representing at tribunal. We can also offer insurance that will cover the cost of your business. […] trained employment lawyers that are there on a retained business for our clients.

So, employment law our help and […] our place, we are in a perfect place to give you good commercial advice. We are there to protect your business. The advice team is no different to having an employment law specialist based at your premises. We give you advice and we also supply the documentation.

This means that every step of any issues will be dealt with efficiently and legally. That’s 24 hours a day, […] listening today.

If you want to access any of my other presentations, including the legislation one that was broadcast on Tuesday, excuse me, come to, you can actually have a look on www.youtube.com/pbspressoffice. If you have any questions and you want to ask me anything, feel free to contact me at amanda@peninsula-uk.com, and it’s me. It’s coming to me, not anybody else.

If you’d like a free advice call about any issue, there’s a telephone number there, and you can access myself or Lee and ask us to ring you back. But always remember to quote webinar number 37.

If you have any issues and you’re a Peninsula client, remember to use, constantly use the advice line. That is the key, that is the cog behind everything. Even if you’re unsure, you think it’s a simple question, that’s what we’re there for. Everything from the minimum wage to what maternity is or working out somebody’s holiday which is really, really hard work sometimes, especially hourly, remember, that’s what we’re there for. We want to hold your hand. We want to help you avoid tribunals. That is what our company’s set on the back of.

Thank you very much for listening to me today. I hope to speak to you again soon.